• Tuttle rallies from 21-point deficit to stun Harrah

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    HARRAH — Tuttle junior quarterback Rhett Boles stood on the sideline with 8.8 seconds remaining Friday night and prayed. Clinging to a one-point lead after leading a remarkable rally from a 21-point deficit in the second half, Boles watched in disbelief as Harrah had quickly worked its way to the 4-yard line. But one play kept Tuttle's comeback from being all for naught. Senior Dakota Buie came off the left edge untouched and blocked a short field goal as time expired to propel No. 4 Tuttle to a wild 28-27 win over No. 10 Harrah to remain undefeated. “It was the best thing ever,” Boles said. “Tuttle, you know. It's just our attraction to never give up. We have a lot of faith in the team, and everyone came

  • Blanchard notches critical win over Meeker

    By Justin Tinder, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    BLANCHARD — Faced with the prospect of an uncertain playoff berth, Blanchard regrouped and enjoyed its best game of the year earning an important 24-0 football win over Meeker on Friday night. The victory was critical for Blanchard after the Lions started district play with a 22-19 loss to John Marshall two weeks ago. A second loss would put Blanchard at an 0-2 start and force an uphill battle in the rugged District 3A-2. “This puts us back in the mix for the district title hunt,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said. “Our district is really loaded. There are five teams that are really, really good. That means a good team is staying home come playoff time. We didn't want to be that team.

  • Lawton shuts out Stillwater for third straight victory

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    STILLWATER — The Lawton Wolverines entered their postgame huddle fired up, and with plenty of reason. The Wolverines scored touchdowns on three long plays Friday, and they didn't need much else as their defense stifled the Stillwater Pioneers all night in a 24-0 win. The defense led by Kieth Thierry and Levi Cain kept Stillwater (2-4 overall, 1-1 district) from pounding the ball on the ground, and it made good on a point to limit receiver Jordan Brown, a Tulsa commit who had only two touches on offense. “That's the best defensive game we've played all year long,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said.

  • Lackey dominates Cubs to take opener

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 8 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS — John Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 4-0 victory Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series. In front of a standing room only crowd of 47,830 — the second-largest at 10-year-old Busch Stadium — thousands of Cubs faithful mixed into the red throng for the first postseason game between the two long-time rivals. Lackey held the Cubs hitless for five innings, getting help from Kris Bryant' double-play ball by to end the fourth.

  • NFL Notebook

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Marshawn Lynch ruled out again Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The team on Friday officially ruled Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3. Lynch returned to limited participation in practice on Thursday but is not ready to return. He will not travel with the team to Cincinnati. “He could try to come back and play but we think he'd be vulnerable,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He needs another weekend to get through it and then by next week, by Wednesday or something, we think we can get him going again.

  • Alberto, Rangers beat Jays in extras

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 8 hr ago

    TORONTO — Fed up with his own bat, Hanser Alberto grabbed one belonging to teammate Delino DeShields. Good choice, rookie. Alberto, the seldom-used backup infielder, lined a tiebreaking single to center in the 14th inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. “I didn't even ask him for it,” Alberto said, smiling at DeShields sitting beside him on the postgame interview podium. “Good wood, too, you know?” It sure was.

  • High school baseball State tournament notebook

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Crenshaw's eight strikeouts leads Red Oak to win Red Oak and Leedey will play for the Class B fall state baseball championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Eagles and Bison advanced to the title game with semifinal wins Friday at Edmond Memorial High School. Morgan Crenshaw struck out eight in six innings to lead Red Oak to a 10-0 rout of Lookeba-Sickles, and Brandon Goldston's two-run triple in the eighth inning keyed Leedey's 6-3 victory over Hammon. Red Oak improved to 24-6 while getting two hits and an RBI from Colt Browne. Leedey moved to 24-3 after its extra-inning triumph over Hammon. Caden Galloway added two hits for the Bison, who survived despite a

  • Community holds off Rejoice Christian

    By Murray Evans For The Oklahoman | Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHOCTAW — It's been a challenging volleyball campaign for Community Christian, which practiced and played off-campus most of the season after a tornado damaged the Norman school's gym in May. So when the Royals faced adversity in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday, they knew how to respond. Third-ranked Community Christian blew a two-set lead against fifth-ranked Rejoice Christian of Owasso, but bounced back in the fifth set to secure a 25-13, 25-8, 26-28, 17-25, 15-8 win at the Lyle H. Boren Activities Center. Sophomore Kayli Nail had 15 kills and three aces to lead third-ranked CCS (24-9), which advanced to play No. 1 Chisholm in Saturday morning's semifinals at Shawnee High School. The 3A title match will

  • Class 4A volleyball: Hiccup doesn't slow Christian Heritage

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Hiccup doesn't slow Christian Heritage Christian Heritage dominated three games to win its first-round match 3-1 over Clinton at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament Friday in Shawnee. But in the middle of that dominance was a Clinton victory in the third game of a match CHA won 25-12, 25-9, 24-26, 25-11. “I hate losing. I don't enjoy giving up sets that I feel like we should've won,” senior Abigail Corff said. “But I love the challenge, and I get excited about things that prepare us for what's to come. We know this next match against Mount St. Mary is going to be a dogfight The defending 4A champion Crusaders otherwise had no problems advancing to the semifinals, where they'll

  • Thunder notebook

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Durant, Westbrook reflect on Sefolosha acquittal On Friday, former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of charges stemming from an April incident with police outside a New York City night club. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were asked about the ruling. Here's what they had to say: Westbrook: “Great guy, man. Once I heard whatever happened that night — especially that he was injured, that was the most important part, that he hurt himself — I just called to check on him, his family. He has a great family; Thabo's a great guy. He's been great since he's been here; he was at my wedding, he's a real good guy to talk to. So, I'm happy everything's going well for him.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant looks healthy in the Thunder’s 111-81 rout of Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer   | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The first dunk was uncontested, the kind he's done in practice gyms for weeks. During the third quarter of his first game inside an OKC arena in more than seven months, Kevin Durant jumped a passing lane, sped by a retreating defender and dropped in a dunk with the type of ease that comes when you're 6-foot-11 with an even longer wingspan. But the second jam was much more powerful and encouraging. Two possessions later, Durant shook a defender with a lefty in and out dribble, darted into the paint and, after spotting the rotating big, gathered with both feet, rose and hammered one through, landing, posing and pausing to enjoy the crowd's roar.

  • High school softball state tournament notebook

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Dale cruises into Class 2A title game At this point, Dale coach Andy Powell has no idea what to expect from the Pirates' offense in Saturday's Class 2A softball state championship game. The Pirates scored just one run in a win Thursday. They responded with a 12-1 run-rule win over Drumright in the Class 2A semifinals Friday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. “I just think we were a little off yesterday,” Powell said. “It's hard to believe a team as experienced as we are is a little off, but we were. I think their pitcher left a few balls out over the plate too much, and offense is contagious sometimes. We started hitting the first inning, and it got contagious.

  • Antic comments on Sefolosha acquittal

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    On the April night former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha suffered a broken leg in an altercation with New York City police, Pero Antic was right there with him. Sefolosha and Antic testified in court Wednesday in an attempt to clear the former's name. On Friday, Sefolosha was acquitted of all charges, and Antic was overjoyed for his friend and former teammate. “I'm happy for Thabo and his recovery because ATL needs him,” Antic said Friday in Oklahoma City, where his new team, Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey, was preparing to play the Thunder as a part of the preseason Euroleague Basketball World Tour. “He's one of the best defenders in the league, he's like a brother to me, so I wish him all the best. “I saw him on

  • Washington’s Hines leads way in semifinal victory

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Washington pitcher Bethany Hines likes to have opponents believing she doesn't feature much power as a pitcher or hitter because of her small stature. Hines maybe pushes 5-foot-5, but she features a style of batting called power slapping along with a powerful fastball from the circle. She put both on display Friday, pitching seven strong innings and driving in two runs with two big hits as the top-ranked Warriors dominated No. 5 Chandler 9-2 in the Class 3A softball state championships at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. “I like it when people look at me and say she's not going to be much and then surprise,” Hines said. “Power slapping is me. I like it when they play in. I like to show them that I can burn them.”

  • Downturn in U.S. from low oil prices won't fade

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    In its quarterly energy survey, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City found that on average, responding energy companies expect employment to be down 7 percent next year.

  • Lopsided House vote to lift crude export restrictions won't stop veto

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    The oil export restrictions, in place since 1975 as a reaction to the Arab oil embargo, were criticized by Republicans on Friday as relics that were now harmful to the U.S. economy in light of the shale oil boom of the past few years.

  • Weather researchers meet in Oklahoma, look at how residents act to tornado information

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    A group of meteorologists, emergency managers and others met Friday in Norman to discuss techniques they use to forecast storms and get information to the public.

  • Fighting poverty means focusing on education

    By Amber Mitchell | Published: Sat, Oct 10, 2015

    In a small dusty town in rural Oklahoma, a thief is hovering over a sleeping child. He's there to steal her dreams, rob her of opportunity and cheat her of access. He'll suffocate her hope and strip away her optimism, leaving her to feel helpless, desperate and trapped. That thief is poverty. More than 16 million children in the United States — 22 percent of all children — live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. The impact of childhood poverty can devastate, contributing to social, emotional and behavior problems. It also can hinder the child's ability to learn and limit academic success. The detriment of poverty has long been established, with a staggering amount of money spent on welfare

  • Will Red River launch a new quarterback hero?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com   | Updated: 9 hr ago

    DALLAS — Jason White remembers it like it was yesterday, that October afternoon in 2001 when his world turned slow motion. OU quarterback Nate Hybl was down, offensive coordinator Mark Mangino turned his head to look straight at White, and though White couldn't hear anything above the roar, lip reading became easy. Wwwwaaaarrrrmmmm uuuupppp. After what seemed like an eternity, but was actually a few seconds, White had thrown a couple of passes on the sideline, stood next to Mangino to get a play and stepped into the Oklahoma huddle. The Sooners were travelling south, so the Texas fans were at his back, and they were loud. Don't let the Longhorns' laissez faire reputation fool you. They get loud in the Cotton

  • Berry Tramel's Big 12 pregame

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Can Bill Snyder find more quarterback magic at K-State? Bill Snyder is known for offensive imagination. He won a Big 12 title in 2012 with an offense straight out of the 1930s. And he dang near beat Oklahoma State last week with a receiver-turned-emergency quarterback who posted 28 first-half points. Now Snyder's makeshift offense has to try to keep up with second-ranked TCU, which comes to Manhattan for a showdown Saturday. But typical Snyder. He turned losing a quarterback, starter Joe Hubener, into finding a quarterback, converted receiver Kody Cook. Hubener is expected to start against TCU. He suffered concussion-like symptoms early against OSU but returned late in the game after Cook suffered a shoulder