• Durant man dies in Bryan County motorcycle crash Thursday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A man has died in a motorcycle crash in Bryan County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the crash Thursday night.

  • Thunder beats Pelicans as both teams mourn

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

    Billy Donovan called timeout, and the Thunder's coaches gathered in a tight circle away from the players' huddle. In the Thunder's final game before the All-Star break, it was a coaching ring noticeably shorter in stature than the previous 53 contests. Monty Williams' 6-foot-8 frame was missing. A day after Williams' wife, Ingrid, died from injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle accident in southwest Oklahoma City, the Thunder had to play the New Orleans Pelicans. Looming over the Thunder's 121-95 win Thursday was heartache for both teams — Williams coached the Pelicans five seasons before joining Donovan's staff last summer. Yet, like the Pelicans did the night before — winning at home following the news of Ingrid's death


    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COMING SUNDAY Barry J. Sanders is following in the footsteps of his legendary father at Oklahoma State. But why? Discover the answer with an exclusive in-depth feature in Sunday's edition of The Oklahoman, which examines the factors that ultimately led Sanders back home.

  • Chance for immediate playing time is factor in Sanders’ transfer to OSU

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State is adding the son of a legendary Cowboy football player to its roster. But what impact might Barry J. Sanders have on the Cowboys' rushing attack? 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. “They've got my full commitment, and I'm looking forward to being there come late June,” said Barry J. Sanders, who is on track to graduate this summer.

  • 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 Mavericks fame.

  • Outpouring of support exemplifies Williams family’s influence in basketball community

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    By pure NBA scheduling coincidence, the New Orleans Pelicans arrived in Oklahoma City just hours after news spread of the tragic death of Ingrid Williams. Ingrid was the wife of Thunder assistant Monty Williams. Monty was the coach of the Pelicans the five seasons before this one. The fortunate timing allowed some of Monty's former players to visit him in a time of need. Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis were among them. “It was good to even find a way through conversation even to see him laugh for a second in the midst of something so horrific,” Anderson said. “Like joking about basketball stuff. It was obviously devastating. There were a lot of tears today. But just to be able to kinda fight through that and have

  • Thunder journal

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater   | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Vehicle speed a ‘critical factor' in Williams' crash In a Thursday press conference, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said speed was a “critical factor” in the automobile accident that killed the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams. Ingrid Williams, 44, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a head-on collision in southwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Ingrid was leaving a basketball game at Mount St. Mary High School between Oklahoma Christian School, her daughter's team, and Mount St. Mary. According to Balderrama, Williams was driving north around 1700 S Western Avenue a little after 8 p.m. when she was struck by the vehicle of Susannah Donaldson, 55, who was traveling

  • NBA All-Star game in Canada for first time

    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TORONTO — Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful. After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn't be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy. The final NBA showcase for Bryant and the first to be staged outside the U.S. is in Toronto, the city that staged the first NBA game 70 years ago and is so enthusiastic for basketball now that it could no longer be ignored no matter what the thermometer says. "I think it's going to be bonkers," former Raptors superstar Vince Carter said. "I think it's overdue. It's a great city. I think they'll be a great host, and I think guys are going to have a

  • Media notebook

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

    TNT to host NBA All-Star festivities 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

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Information about upcoming concerts and shows in Oklahoma involving Pentatonix, the Struts, Los Lobos and photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz.

  • Okie artist Cody Hampton opens up about Plaza District show

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Oklahoma artist Cody Hampton has sharpened his illustrating skills at Tree and Leaf Clothing in the OKC's Plaza District, which has opened its doors to Drink & Draw. His art is on view there through March 11.

  • Theater review: School-yard scuffle leads to parental conflict in comedy at The Pollard in Guthrie

    By Elizabeth Hurd  For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie is presenting “God of Carnage,” a modern comedy about parenting and facades. Better not bring your kids, but it might be lots of fun to bring your neighbors or maybe your in-laws!

  • Word Balloons: Deadpool creator dishes on character's birth

    By Matthew Price  Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    In the late 1980s, artist Rob Liefeld was offered work at Marvel Comics coming off of his work on the "Hawk & Dove" miniseries at DC Comics. The once-popular "New Mutants" was in a sales slump. Liefeld set about adding some new characters, including Deadpool. Now, 25 years after his comics debut, Deadpool, as played by Ryan Reynolds, is the focus of the "Deadpool" film, opening in theaters Friday.

  • Driving Forward plan is beneficial

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Traffic continues to increase across Oklahoma's major roadways and interchanges. Congestion in central Oklahoma creates a higher risk of accidents and can lead to unsafe driving. We need a comprehensive blueprint for the future of our roads to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. Gov. Fallin, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority have worked with communities to identify solutions to create safer roadways. The result is the Driving Forward plan, a series of six turnpike projects to improve and repair our transportation system. In the last decade, there have been more than 6,600 collisions on Interstate 35 from I-240 and the Fort Smith junction, resulting in 33 deaths.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Tax wine, beer to pay for teacher salary raise

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    I can see the need to raise money for teacher pay. But I disagree with putting the whole load on cigarettes. Why not tax alcoholic beverages? After all, cigarette smokers are only hurting themselves but a large portion of wrecks with fatalities are caused by the use of alcohol. I would think the ability of the state to tax alcoholic beverages would bring in infinitely more money and we would be able to give the teachers maybe even a $5,000-a-year raise. If you look around you will see few people smoking but many people buying beer and wine. Frank L.

  • Washington Examiner: Dark political spending? Try unions

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Despite early hiccups, Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee. Democrats are preparing to line up behind a presidential candidate who, along with her husband, took millions of dollars for giving short speeches. That money often came from parties that had current or future interests in front of the federal government and the agency she ran as secretary of state. Somehow, they rationalize this, despite simultaneously believing that money spent to express and disseminate political opinions, the campaign finance system, is corrupting America and represents one of the nation's biggest problems.

  • OK County sheriff's request highlights need for justice reform

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    A request made recently by Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel offers yet another example of why an ongoing effort at criminal justice reform in the county is so important. Whetsel last week asked District Judge Ray C. Elliott to allow him to charge offenders $48.05 per day for the time they spend in the jail before conviction. Presently, inmates are charged $44.51 per day. The increase, Whetsel says, is needed to help him cover his costs. Yet the request comes as concerns are mounting about how costly incarceration can be for those locked up at the jail — a population made up largely of people with limited means. Indeed Whetsel shares those concerns.

  • Point of View: Oklahoma K-8 proposal is a solution looking for a problem

    By Byron Schlomach | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    There are 517 school districts and charter schools in Oklahoma, seemingly a lot for 4 million people. Almost one-fifth of these, 97 of them, are “dependent” districts serving only prekindergarten through eighth grade. It seems obvious that if these districts were consolidated with larger districts, there would be great savings. At a time when the state badly needs to save money, the time is ripe for consolidating school districts. Right? Wrong, to put it bluntly. Fact is, other than it seems like it ought to work, there is no evidence that consolidating school districts saves money. Historically, just the opposite has occurred with decades of consolidation throughout the nation.

  • Clinton finds herself in fight for the female vote

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    WASHINGTON — In a devastating outcome for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, this was the most unkindest cut of all: Women flocked to Bernie Sanders. Not by single digits, but by a margin of 55 percent to 44 percent. These numbers matter, and not, as Shakespeare wrote of Brutus stabbing Caesar, because “ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms, quite vanquish'd him.” Clinton is not vanquished by what she and her supporters may see as female voters' ingratitude; she will soldier on. But moving forward, the candidate and her campaign need to figure out how better to speak to women, especially younger ones.