• Sunny skies, 80s in central Oklahoma Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Skies will be clear Tuesday in Oklahoma. Temperatures will be in the 80s.

  • The story behind Florida's sunflowers at the Women's College World Series

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: 1 hr ago

    On a night that the Women’s College World Series held its annual Strike Out Cancer night — and Florida beat Michigan 3-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 championship series — pink was a popular color at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It is the color of breast cancer awareness. But for the Gators, gold is their color.

  • Wal-Mart kicks off next phase of wage increases

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of wage hikes by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers. The wage hikes are part of a $1 billion program at Wal-Mart that also includes improving training and offering employees more control of their schedules.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Dodgers' pitching stumbles in Fresno's 14-1 rout

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Fresno pounded 18 hits, and Alex Presley went 6 for 7 with five RBIs in the Grizzlie’s 14-1 rout of the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark that featured two Dodgers position players taking the mound.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: David Aardsma says he's ready for a return to the majors

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: 4 hr ago

    He’s either a few days away from Los Angeles or free agency depending on the outcome of his opt-out clause that leaves the Dodgers a 72-hour window to promote him. Either way, he feels he’s primed for a comeback.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboy seniors left their mark on program

    By John Helsley | Updated: 4 hr ago

    OSU’s season ended in disappointment, halted by two losses in three games at their Stillwater Regional. Still, the mark of those players on a three-year run that can only be summed up as a success extends beyond the wins and losses and three regional appearances.

  • NBA Notebook

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Hoiberg heading for Chicago The Chicago Bulls will introduce Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg as their coach on Tuesday, according to cbssports.com. Hoiberg boarded a flight to Chicago on Monday to meet with the Bulls about their open coaching vacancy. Hoiberg told reporters at the airport in Ames, Iowa, that he has meetings set for Monday night but no deal with the Bulls has been finalized. Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago. Hoiberg, who had open-heart surgery in April, said the speculation over his

  • Finals features superstar Akron boys

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio — Welcome to the Rubber Capital, where car tires first rolled, the Goodyear Blimp took flight and two bouncing baby basketball prodigies were born less than four years apart in the 1980s. LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the NBA's two biggest stars set to square off in the upcoming finals, are from the same city. Genuine homeboys. The prodigal son and the precision shooter. Talk about a long shot. James re-signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers last summer, returning to his home after four years in Miami to chase an NBA title. And as fate would have it, Golden State's Curry will come back to his Ohio birthplace to pursue his dream.

  • NY tribe opens 'Wizard of Oz'-themed strip mall casino

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Indian tribe is expanding its gambling business with a "Wizard of Oz"-themed casino in a strip mall near Syracuse. The Oneida Indians' Yellow Brick Road Casino opens Tuesday in Chittenango. The new casino has 441 slot machines and a 500-seat bingo hall. It's much smaller than the Oneida's sprawling Turning Stone Resort Casino some 20 miles east, which has 2,000 slots and table games. But the $20 million Yellow Brick Road Casino is close to the lucrative Syracuse market. The Oneidas will soon see more competition there with the planned opening of the Lago Resort & Casino Hotel. "The Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango. Bingo games will be held in Wizard Hall and coc

  • Veterans key to Lightning success

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to rejoin hockey royalty after a decade-plus absence. The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing their third NHL title in six seasons. While Steven Stamkos is downplaying the idea of youth versus experience for the Stanley Cup, the captain of the Lightning understands the challenge presented by the Blackhawks beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday night. “You can see they've played together for a while,” he said Monday. “That core bunch of guys, they know where they are on the ice all the time. They've proven they can win at this time of year. They're champions for a reason. It's going to be a big mountain for us

  • Get ready, OU fans, for more 11 a.m. kickoffs

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Big 12 announced Monday that the OU-Tulsa game on Sept. 19 will kick off at 11 a.m. Oh boy. Another college football season, another round of morning kickoffs in Norman, which are the bane of most Sooner fans. Some OU fans like the 11 a.m. kicks, but most despise the suddenly-constant tradition, which means limited tailgating and campus touring before the game and early-morning departures from ports all over Oklahoma. OU officials have requested some relief from so many 11 a.m. kickoffs, but to no avail. The Big 12's television contract gives the networks wide path to pick the kickoff times, and 11 a.m. has joined

  • Haeger not in circle, but results the same

    By Jason Kersey
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Florida superstar Lauren Haeger was asked in the postgame news conference Monday night to expand on her strategy at the plate. “No,” Gators coach Tim Walton interjected with a smile. The intricacies of Haeger's strategy may remain top secret, but the results have been plain as day for everyone to see during the Women's College World Series. Haeger drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over Michigan in Game 1 of the WCWS championship series Monday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and Florida can clinch its second consecutive national championship with another win. If Michigan wins Tuesday, it would force a Game 3 at

  • The story behind Florida's sunflowers

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    On a night that the Women’s College World Series held its annual Strike Out Cancer night — and Florida beat Michigan 3-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 championship series — pink was a popular color at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It is the color of breast cancer awareness. But for the Gators, gold is their color.

  • Big 12 finalizes early TV schedule for '15

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Big 12 Conference has announced its television selections and designations for the first three weeks of the football season, as well as special dates. The conference announced the times and TV networks for a majority of its members' non-conference games from Sept. 5-19. The Big 12 also announced TV listings and times for select Thursday and Friday games this fall. Among the games listed are Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State (6:30 p.m., FSN) and Tulsa at Oklahoma on Sept. 19 (11 a.m., FOX Sports 1), and UTSA at Oklahoma State, also on Sept. 19 (2:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1). OU's home game against Akron on Sept. 5 will be available on pay per view basis by FOX Sports Oklahoma.

  • College football noteBook

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    OU commit Austin Kendall listed on Rivals 100 OU commit Austin Kendall is among the best quarterback prospects in the country, and he's the lone Sooners commit in the latest Rivals 100. Rivals updated its rankings Monday of the top 2016 prospects, and Kendall comes in at No. 72, the fifth-highest quarterback on the list. Kendall, who committed to OU in April, is also ranked No. 101 in the ESPN 300. Sooners, Cowboy among Preseason All-Americans Phil Steele released his preseason All-American team Monday and there's a heavy Oklahoma representation despite the Sooners' disappointing 2014 season.

  • NFL notebook

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Newton, Panthers close to contract Negotiations between the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton intensified over the weekend and the two sides are close to finalizing a contract extension that would keep the franchise quarterback with the Panthers through the 2020 season, two league sources told the Charlotte Observer on Monday. A deal that could average upwards of $20 million could be done as early as Monday, one of the sources said. Charlotte sports radio station ESPN730, which is owned by former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, first reported the news of Newton's imminent contract extension.

  • Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night. The theft that shut down parts of the subway's biggest lines and snarled the commute for 100,000 people is only the latest example of a troubling trend on the nation's railways linked to the soaring price of copper. "This is a money-making crime," said Chief Joseph Fox, commander of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau. "It's economy-driven.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for June 1, 2015

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for June 1, 2015

  • Oklahoma business briefs for June 2

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for June 2, 2015

  • Oil and gas, livestock prices for June 2

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $56.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $44.75 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 15: COMPLETION Garfield: SK Plymouth LLC; Younger No. 2-1H Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 01-23N-05W; 273 barrels oil per day 666,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,217. U S Energy Development Corp.; Raccoon No. 1-27H Well; SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 27-21N-08W; 44 barrels oil per day; TD 10,804. Grady: Vitruvian II Woodford LLC; Parks No. 1-14X23H Well; SE1/4 NW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 (SL) of 14-04N-06W; 6,748,000 cu-ft gas per day 410 barrels oil per day; TD 23,899. Kingfisher: