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  • Denver Broncos' Wes Welker returns to practice following concussion

    By ARNIE STAPLETON , AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wes Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in an Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Denver slot receiver from Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hall ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media. Welker’s concussion was his third in 10 months. He got hurt on a hard hit from D.J. Swearinger that prompted Peyton Manning to swear at the swaggering safety. That earned the five-time MVP the first taunting penalty of his career along with an $8,268 fine. Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs last season despite missing the last 3 1-2 games. He also had 18 grabs for 160 yards and a TD in

  • Big 12 football: Texas quarterback David Ash to miss BYU game

    By JIM VERTUNO , AP Sports Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, was injured again and will miss this week’s game against BYU. Ash took several hard hits in a 38-7 win over North Texas. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says Ash didn’t show any symptoms during the game, but that the coaching staff got a call later that night. Strong did not detail what problems Ash was experiencing. Ash ran for a touchdown and passed for another. But he also took several blows to the head, including a tackle when he bent low to pick up a fumble, and twice more when his helmet bounced off the turf. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start for Texas (1-0) against the Cougars (1-0).

  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax." Monday's closure of the M1 motorway caused traffic chaos as commuters were forced down gridlocked side streets. The three-lane road was reopened after British Army experts using a remote-controlled robot determined that the suspicious device contained no explosives. The disruption came two decades after the outlawed Provisional IRA called a cease-fire following a failed 24-year campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom. The Provisionals abandoned their truce in 1996, restored it a year later, and disarmed and

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 17 hr ago

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Authorities recover body of Oklahoma City man who drowned at Lake Murray

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Authorities recovered the body of a 32-year-old man who went missing Sunday at Lake Murray State Park. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Eduardo Luna, 32, of Oklahoma City, drowned at the lake.

  • Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market. But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino. It has never turned a profit. "It's kind of sad," said Andrew Tannenbaum of Edison, who has stayed at Revel a dozen times in the past year. "Compared to other casinos, this was a lot nicer. There

  • David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education. Besides detailing a hidden aspect of the civil war, the story serves a dual purpose: to signal viewers — and his bosses — that Muir wants to get out of the office for work as much as he can. "A huge part of this for me was a promise that I was not going to be tethered to the anchor desk," said Muir, who officially replaces Diane Sawyer Monday night. Muir, 40, joins NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and Scott Pelley of the "CBS Evening News" at one of the three jobs generally considered the pinnacle of American bro

  • Muscular dystrophy fundraiser raises $52 million

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast annual telethon has raised about $52.3 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend. The two-hour "MDA Show of Strength" aired Sunday on ABC, and the organization says it will continue accepting donations through Monday. A final tally's expected Tuesday. MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks says it was inspiring to see so many celebrities, musicians and athletes join forces to help raise money for the treatment of muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Grammy-winner LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and hip-hop star Jason Derulo were part of the show's lineup this year, along with other entertainers. The telethon was the fourth since com

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy addresses the media following a strong Week 1 effort against Florida State. Follow our live coverage, presented by Bob Moore Kia of Edmond, at 1 p.m.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops speaks with the media to begin Week 2 of the college football season. Follow our live coverage at noon, presented by Bob Moore Kia of Edmond.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson

    staff reports | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Does Oklahoma State's showing against Florida State change expectations for the Cowboys this season? OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson will be answering your questions at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in now.

  • 9 African wrestlers barred from worlds

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of wrestling says nine athletes cannot compete at the upcoming world championships because of travel restrictions imposed since the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. FILA says the ruling by the Uzbekistan health ministry affects seven wrestlers from Nigeria and two from Sierra Leone. The decision follows similar travel bans imposed by China and Russia ahead of the recent Youth Olympic Games and judo worlds. FILA President Nenad Lalovic says "our sympathies go out to the affected wrestlers, coaches and fans." The wrestling worlds are scheduled for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent.

  • Traffic Talk: On Oklahoma streets and highways, officers are watching you

    By Don Gammill, Staff Writer | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Don Gammill: Exercise good sense, awareness while driving on Labor Day, and stay sober.

  • Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Yesterday

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Department of New York said. The men were being treated at a hospital, and the extent of their injuries was unknown. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations in Philadelphia, where a parkway hosting a music concert was evacuated for safety reasons.

  • No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

    Yesterday

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half. Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half. "It's nothing that serious. Everything's good," Petty insisted afterward. "I'm already feeling a lot better." While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns

  • It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

    Yesterday

    TOKYO (AP) — Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one. There are thousands, and they are ubiquitous: Long-time favorite Doraemon (who really is a cat) has a daily quiz in a national newspaper. Little monster Pikachu hosted a theme cafe in Tokyo this summer. Stress-relieving Rilakkuma ("relaxed bear") dangles from teenage girls' school bags. Characters are not just for kids in Japan, but a part of business and social life. Some see Japan's cute-craze, known as "kawaii," as a sign of immaturity, but others say it's rooted in a harmony-centered way of life that goes back to ancient animist traditions.

  • Three notable Oklahomans reflect on their first jobs and lessons it taught

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writerlmanwarren@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Scott Brooks, head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder; Timothy O’Toole, president and CEO of the Oklahoma State Fair; and Tony Award-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth reflect on their first jobs, the lessons they learned and their practice of those lessons.

  • Metropolitan Library System updates its card catalog system

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System is closed this weekend but will re-open Tuesday with a re-vamped card catalog system.

  • Review: 'Phantom of the Opera' production in Oklahoma City will delight old, new Phans

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An updated production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which continues through Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, is producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new take on this musical theater classic and will satisfy both diehard fans and those seeing it for the first time.

  • Farmers in Texas County, Oklahoma's biggest water user, work to conserve

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Even in good years, Texas County, in the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle, is one of the driest, windiest parts of the state. But the county, sitting atop the Ogallala Aquifer, is also the state’s heaviest user of water.