• College baseball: OSU sweeps doubleheader at Texas

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State maintained its upper division standing in the Big 12 on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Texas. The Cowboys won the first game 3-0 and then took a 6-3 decision before 6,312 fans at Disch-Falk Field. Jensen Elliott and Thomas Hatch, the Games 1 and 2 starters, pitched strong games to help OSU improve to 27-15 overall and 11-6 in the league. Elliott gave up two runs on just four hits in five innings of the first game. He didn't allow a walk and struck out four. Hatch allowed just five hits and a walk in the nightcap, while striking out six. Donnie Walton and Andrew Rosa had two hits each for OSU in the second game. Ryan Sluder added two RBIs. J.R.

  • OKC has no answer for Aldridge

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO — During a dominant first-round beatdown of the Dallas Mavericks, the Thunder never trailed by double-digits. Not even for a second of the five games. On Saturday night, the Spurs needed less than five minutes in Game 1 to grab that big of a cushion. The level of competition has been cranked up. And, at least for one ominous night, the Thunder weren't even close to ready for it. The Spurs finished off a 124-92 Game 1 blowout of the Thunder with their stars resting the entire fourth quarter. Their job was done before halftime. With 7:31 left in the first quarter, Kawhi Leonard leaked out for an easy transition dunk, two of his 25 points, needing only 13 shots. It gave San Antonio an 11-point lead

  • Thunder shows no fight in opener

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO — Embarrassing. The Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday night was embarrassing. But it was more than that. It was discouraging. It raises so many more questions far beyond what the Thunder possibly could do in Game 2 to make this Western Conference semifinal competitive. How far is the Thunder from the Spurs, not just in this series, but in the future? Does this kind of browbeating make Kevin Durant wonder about the Thunder's standing in the NBA's line of contenders? If the Thunder isn't capable of putting up a fight, especially on defense, in this marquee game, just when will it happen? It's only one game, of course, and that's the NBA mantra.

  • MLB Notebook

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Zimmermann wins fifth straight Jordan Zimmermann won his fifth straight start to begin his first season with Detroit, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to help the Tigers top the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Saturday. Zimmermann (5-0) gave up one run and six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings. He became the first Tigers pitcher to win five games in April since Frank Tanana in 1988, according to STATS. Victor Martinez doubled twice for the Tigers, who have won five of six. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities. Eduardo Escobar had three singles for the Twins, who lost their third straight and fell to 7-17 overall.

  • Spirit of the West

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    NORMAN — Residents concerned about the annual '89er Day Parade's ties to the Land Run protested during the parade Saturday.  Indigenous people have argued against celebrating the 1889 Land Run, which opened what was then known as “unassigned lands” to settlement, forcing out many American Indians.  Organizers plan to rename the annual event, said parade co-chairman Stefanie Brickman.

  • Former Sooners, Cowboys reflect on EA Sports settlement

    Complied by Jason Kersey and John Helsley | Updated: 14 hr ago

    ZAC ROBINSON • Oklahoma State quarterback (2006-09) • Settlement received: $4,500 For me, you can use my likeness. The experience of being in a video game and having millions of people play you on a video game, not to mention you can play yourself, was far greater than getting a few thousand bucks. I wish they would bring the game back and kids now in college could have that experience. That's far greater than just getting a check. I wasn't a big video game player. I'd play it from time to time. But for a lot of the guys, it was a cool deal, being in a video game. They'd go get it the day it came out and they couldn't wait to see what everybody was rated and all that. That part was pretty fun in college. The

  • Indy Eleven upends Rayo OKC with 2nd-half goal

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    YUKON — Rayo OKC hosted Indy Eleven on Saturday at Miller Stadium in North American Soccer League action. Coming off its first win of the season last week in Miami, Rayo could not duplicate the success it found on the road and lost to Indy 2-1. Rayo took control of the game from the kickoff and quickly found itself taking a corner kick in the sixth minute. But a miss on that and an unprepared defense led to the game's first goal coming from the visitors. Still in the sixth minute, Indy's Nemanja Vukovic had the ball just before midfield and made a long pass to a charging Jair Reinoso. Reinono was ready, taking the pass out of the air just inside the 18-yard box and with one shot, put Indy up 1-0. Rayo wouldn't

  • Buffett says business would be fine with either Trump or Clinton

    By Margaret Collins and Noah Buhayar Bloomberg News (TNS) | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    A Donald Trump presidency wouldn't be the blow to U.S. business that some fear, Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, told shareholders Saturday. “If either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes president, and one of them is very likely to be, I think Berkshire will continue to do fine,” he said. The outcome of the election is unlikely to change the fact that the U.S. is a “remarkably attractive place in which to conduct a business,” he said.

  • Dallas drafts QB, Baylor basketball player

    By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have drafted a quarterback for the first time since 2009 and added a Baylor basketball star who last played football when he was in eighth grade. The Cowboys took Mississippi State's Dak Prescott with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday, adding to the group competing to be the backup to Tony Romo. With the last of four picks in the sixth round — and their final pick of the draft — the Cowboys took Baylor's Rico Gathers at No. 217 overall. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers projects as a tight end after deciding against pursuing a career in the NBA. Dallas made a similar move in 2008, taking Texas A&M's Martellus Bennett in the

  • Business people

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The Brown Group appoints Anita Land as managing broker, residential sales. The Brown Group, a locally owned real estate brokerage, is moving the corporate office to larger headquarters to accommodate the growth of the company. Land will focus on recruitment, training and support of new and experienced Realtors. In addition to receiving top producer awards, Land was recognized as Realtor of the Year, chaired state and local Realtor Association committees and served as a volunteer on Realtor and community organizations and Associations.  Wallace Engineering promotes Doug Fredeen and Darcey Schumacher as principals of their firm. The company also adds two new associates: Jordan Rodich and James Granich.

  • Downtown dogs

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    When Ashley Lay first moved to the Sieber Apartments to oversee private dining at downtown's new Mahogany Steakhouse, a top challenge was to ensure her beloved dog would not get lonely. “I love living in a more compact area, but worrying about whether the dog was getting enough exercise was a huge concern for me,” Lay said. “I searched online for options. What would I do with a border collie mix in a one-bedroom apartment?” Lay isn't alone. As thousands of new apartments and homes have been built downtown, evidence of a burgeoning pet population is seen daily as young and old walk their dogs in the morning and during lunch breaks. Midtown Mutt's dog park was an instant success when it opened in 2013 at 409 W Park

  • Why food allergies cost more for the poorest kids

    By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    What is the financial toll of having a kid with a food allergy? The answer may depend on how much money you have. A new study published this week in Pediatrics found that food-allergic children from households that earn less than $50,000 a year incur 2.5 times the cost of emergency room visits and hospital stays compared with their peers from families that are in a higher-income bracket. At the same time, families that make more than $100,000 a year report spending more of their own money on visits to allergy specialists for their kids, as well as medicines paid for out of pocket, compared with families from lower-income groups. Dr.

  • State property tax incentive helped lure Google to Pryor

    By RANDY KREHBIEL Tulsa World randy.krehbiel@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 15 hr ago

    PRYOR — It's fair to say that every school district in Oklahoma benefits in a small way from the sort of local property tax bonanza Pryor is experiencing. By not receiving any state funding, Pryor leaves more money in the pot for everyone else. It is also true, though, that Oklahoma pays a little for that benefit. Google was recruited to Oklahoma with the help of what is known as the manufacturing ad valorem exemption. It's a state-sponsored business incentive, approved by Oklahoma voters in 1985, that exempts certain types of business investment from property taxes for five years.

  • Texas flash flood is fatal for woman, great-grandchildren

    By EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    TEXAS | FORT WORTH — Lisa Asberry Davis said on Saturday that she and her three children waded to safety through water up to their chins after torrential rains in East Texas swamped a cul-de-sac of homes during the night and forced some residents onto rooftops. Firefighters lifted them out of the water at a rescue point but Davis' cousin and the woman's four great-grandchildren who lived down the street in Palestine, Texas, didn't make it. The bodies of Davis' cousin, 64-year-old Lenda Asberry, and her great-grandchildren, 6-year-old Jamonicka Johnson; 7-year-old Von Anthony Johnson Jr.; 8-year-old Devonte Asberry and 9-year-old Venetia Asberry, were found in the receding water. The bodies of two of the children were in the

  • Republican race shifts California's political fault lines unexpectedly

    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    BURLINGAME, Calif. — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party's political fault lines in advance of its pivotal June primary, forging unexpected alliances that blur those longstanding divisions. Tea party favorite Ted Cruz was endorsed Saturday by former Gov. Pete Wilson, a centrist governor who raised taxes and feuded regularly with conservatives. Trump, meanwhile, has snapped up support from stalwarts on California's right, like conservative activist Ted Costa and

  • Kenya burns 105 tons of ivory in message against poaching

    By TOM ODULA Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    KENYA | NAIROBI — Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of 11 pyres of ivory tusks and one of rhino horn on a chilly afternoon inside Nairobi National Park. “A time has come when we must take a stand and the stand is clear,” Kenyatta said. “For us, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants.

  • Former OSU running back Hill picked by Kansas City

    By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Hill — dismissed from the program in 2014 after allegedly punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend — was the No. 165 overall pick. After being charged with one felony count of domestic violence by strangulation, he pleaded guilty in August as part of a plea agreement with the district attorney's office. Hill will be on probation until 2018 as part of a deferred sentence, meaning the case will be wiped from his record should he meet its terms. Hill last played football for West Alabama, a Division-II program, where he tallied 1,403 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns to receive

  • Deaths

    Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    ADA Garrison Bushy, Robert Eugene, 62, artist, died April 28. Wake 7 p.m. Sunday. Services 1 p.m. Monday, Concho Community Hall, Concho (Huber-Benson, El Reno). ARDMORE Davenport, Elizabeth Ann “Betty,” 74, homemaker, died April 28. Memorial services 2 p.m. Monday, St. Philip's Episcopal Church (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). Kopera, Denise Ann, 72, homemaker, died April 27. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, St. Mary Catholic Church (Harvey- Douglas, Ardmore). ATOKA Cole, Rebecca, 88, teacher aide and nurse aide, died April 29. Services 2 p.m. Monday (Brown's, Atoka). BARTLESVILLE Barbee, Grover Durrel, 89, accountant, Phillips Petroleum, died April 30. Services pending (Walker-Brown,

  • Revisiting Wakita 20 years after filming ‘Twister’

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL Tulsa World | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    WAKITA — Tornadoes are associated with death and misery. Not this one. “It has kept us alive in a lot of ways,” Mary Schmitz said. Schmitz, a Wakita resident, was referring to a fictional twister that rampaged through her town 20 years ago. “Twister,” which generated nearly $500 million worldwide and became the second-biggest film (behind “Independence Day”) of 1996, was released May 9, 1996. The Tulsa World reports that virtually the entire town of Wakita, located in Grant County in north central Oklahoma, was transformed into a movie set for a film about tornado chasers. It might not be exaggeration to say the agreement between filmmakers and Wakita

  • Nation and world news briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Uber OKs service animals CALIFORNIA | SAN FRANCISCO — Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals. The settlement is designed to resolve a lawsuit in federal court that alleges Uber discriminates against passengers with service dogs. The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday that Uber also will remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal.