• Tree lighting ceremony begins holiday events in Mustang

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Mustang residents will have a chance to enjoy some holiday cheer, to bake Christmas cookies and to meet not only Santa, but Mrs. Claus and Rudolph as the community launches its holiday celebrations in December. Visit mustangreacreation.org for more information.

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Bar Association honors attorney Retired Oklahoma City attorney John Green received the Oklahoma Bar Association President's Award at the OBA Annual Meeting this month in Oklahoma City. OBA President David Poarch of Norman selected Green as the sole recipient of the award in recognition and appreciation of his enduring and steadfast leadership, for placing others above himself, for his service to the people of the state of Oklahoma and the nation and for serving as a mentor of generations and a revered community leader. Green has served as interim U.S. attorney on six different occasions, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and assistant county attorney for Oklahoma County.

  • OSU’s defensive fatigue a factor for Bedlam

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    STILLWATER — At some point between defending play No. 1 and play No. 104 on Saturday night against Baylor, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor turned to teammate defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah with a confession. “Vincent came up to me and said, ‘Oh my gosh, I've never felt this tired, ever,' ” Ogbah said. “I just tell him, ‘You're doing a good job. Keep on fighting, you're almost there. We need you right now. You can't be going all soft on me right now.' “I tell him, ‘We still have a lot to accomplish.' ” Taylor isn't isolated in his fatigue, either. Thanks to a back-loaded schedule featuring the Big 12's most proficient high-tempo offenses, OSU has endured an excess of snaps far beyond many

  • Rudolph gets early shot to beat Baylor

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    1. Talk about a daunting conference opener. The Cowboys open at Baylor, which will likely be among the Big 12 preseason favorites. The Bears are the only league team OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph hasn't beaten. 2. It's not quite as back-loaded as 2015, but OSU closes the 2016 season with two of its more difficult tests — at TCU and at Oklahoma. The Cowboys have a much needed bye-week in between. 3. Between Sept. 3 and Oct. 22, the Cowboys will play just one road game (at Baylor). Like this season, that home-field advantage should allow the Cowboys to gain momentum before playing four of the final six games on the road. 4. Homecoming would appear to land on Oct. 29 against West Virginia. The Mountaineers spoiled OSU's

  • College Football notebook

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    HENRY, McCaffrey, Watson highlight Maxwell finalists Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's best player. Finalists for nine awards that will be handed out Dec. 10 during ESPN's college football award show were announced Tuesday. The finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award for best defensive player are Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich, Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. The Doak Walker Award finalists for best running back are Henry, McCaffrey and LSU's Leonard Fournette.

  • Oklahoma State football: Another week, another major challenge

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    This month in the Big 12 was billed as the November to Remember. Saturday's game against Oklahoma will go a long way toward determining how the November 2015 will be recalled in Stillwater. Having faced two of the league's top teams already this month — TCU and Baylor — the Cowboys stand 1-1. Now comes the Sooners, who present many of the same challenges, especially for the defense. “Similar to last week, just a lot of weapons,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “Both of those running backs (Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon) are dangerous. I don't think I've seen, watching the tape through the year, as many missed tackles as I've seen teams playing against them. It would have to be each team's

  • Three finalists named for Jim Thorpe Award

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame has announced three finalists for the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football. The Thorpe Award is named after history's greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. This year's winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Here are the finalists:  Jeremy Cash, Duke, Sr. - Through 11 games, Cash has 94 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovery.  Also a finalist for the Nagurski Award, the

  • Sooners should beware DFW stretch

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    1. The Sooners open Big 12 Conference play with what should be a tough game at TCU, then return to the Metroplex a week later for OU-Texas. OU had that same two-game stretch in 2014 and lost to TCU, then struggled to beat an inferior Texas team. This two-game DFW stint follows a nonconference slate that includes Houston and Ohio State. Whew. 2. Oklahoma plays on a Thursday night Nov. 3 at Iowa State. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione has flatly said the Sooners will never host a Thursday night game because of the stadium's location in the middle of campus, but it's still impossible to avoid the occassional Thursday night road contest. The 2016 Thursday night game comes off a home game against Big 12 cellar dweller Kansas and

  • Committee may have just sent OU a message: Win and you're in

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The hand-wringing can stop. The conspiracy theorists can adjourn. Wave the worry warts away. The College Football Playoff committee gave Oklahoma football some much-appreciated validation. The committee moved up the Sooners to No. 3 Tuesday night in its weekly rankings, and now the Sooners can go all Sally Field. “You like us. You really like us.” It could come at a better time, namely in two weeks, when the four-team playoff bracket is set. But the pat on the back the Sooners received Tuesday night means the Thanksgiving turkey goes down without too much indigestion. The committee's rankings were full of crimson-tinted gifts. First, the Sooners have some breathing room from Notre Dame, which dropped to

  • Defensive back Parker has shown growth this season

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN — Steven Parker has gotten a dose of being the most popular man in Norman this week. The safety's jump and deflection of Bram Kohlhausen's two-point conversion pass sealed Oklahoma's 30-29 win over TCU on Saturday and sent Parker's profile sky high. “I've gotten a lot of thank yous,” Parker said. “I keep telling them the same thing — it was about the team and the seniors. It was their last home game and we needed to send them off right. That play was just a small step of what I did in the game. It wasn't about me, individually.

  • OU physician salaries incorrect

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Several salaries provided by the University of Oklahoma and published Sunday in The Oklahoman were inaccurate due to a miscalculation, OU officials said Tuesday. The information was sent to the newspaper in response to an open records request for the names, job titles and total compensation for the top 10 highest paid individuals in the OU system. The figures were wrong for eight of the 10 people listed. All eight are members of the OU Medical School faculty. The incorrect information listed their salaries from $1.7 million to $2.3 million. A corrected list provided Tuesday includes only five of those faculty physicians, with salaries ranging from $822,000 to $958,000.

  • 'Tis the season to volunteer

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    When Oklahoma City chefs and food professionals agreed to make lunch once a month at the Homeless Alliance's WestTown day shelter, one official says it showed how local talent can help end homelessness. “There was a retired man who read one of the Turning the Table on Hunger articles and came in to sharpen our kitchen knives for us,” said Homeless Alliance director of communications Kinsey Crocker. Crocker believes giving talent is as important as giving time because the needs of local service providers run the gamut year-round. “Everyone has a talent — whether it be sharpening kitchen knives, knitting stocking caps or just offering a warm smile,” she said.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, November 25

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Tuning in WEDNESDAY NBA 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Oklahoma City FSOK (Cox 37)/ WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m. Memphis at Houston NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York Islanders NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 p.m. Chicago at San Jose NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. Washington vs. Gonzaga ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m. St. John's vs. Chaminade ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:30 p.m. Syracuse vs. Charlotte ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m. Vermont at Florida SECN (Cox 275) 4 p.m. High Point at Georgia ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m. Indiana vs. UNLV ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m. Georgia State at Mississippi SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m. TCU vs. Illinois State CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m.

  • Morning roundup

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Marlins fire TV analyst Hutton after 19 seasons The Miami Marlins have fired Tommy Hutton, their TV analyst for the past 19 years. The team said Tuesday it decided to go in a different direction and didn't elaborate on its decision. The Marlins plan to retain their other announcers — Rich Waltz, Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner. Rockies' Reyes pleads not guilty to abusing wife Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is pleading not guilty to abusing his wife at a Hawaii resort. Maui police arrested Reyes after an Oct. 31 argument with his wife that allegedly turned physical at the Four Seasons Resort.

  • For Thunder, title shot tied to consistency on ‘D’

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Kevin Durant played the season's first eight games before straining his hamstring. At the end of the eighth game, the Thunder led the entire league in offensive efficiency at more than 110 points per 100 possessions. That number dipped slightly in his absence. But after KD's 27-point return in the Thunder's blowout of the Jazz on Monday night, OKC's offensive efficiency sits at a healthy 108.0, second in the NBA behind only the scorching Warriors (111.8). Some late-game stagnation occasionally lingers. But when healthy, scoring points isn't a problem for this Thunder team. Stopping points is the main concern. Even after an impressive effort against Utah, OKC is currently tied for 17th in the NBA with

  • New Rocky story balances brutality and theatricality

    By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — Sylvester Stallone knows most of Rocky Balboa's famous fights would have been stopped by a real-life referee long before the battered and bloodied fictional heavyweight champion rallies his will to win. Stallone also realizes many people who only know boxing from his "Rocky" saga might believe his beloved sport really looks like a Rocky movie all the time. That's why Stallone has always insisted that the "Rocky" films acknowledge the heavy cost of boxing, even amid the cathartic ring victories that have turned the character into an icon. "I do feel responsible, because I see the brain damage," Stallone said in a recent interview. "I see the harm. No one walks away unscathed.

  • NBA Notebook

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Review Board: NYPD didn't have right to arrest Sefolosha New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' guard Thabo Sefolosha outside a nightclub in April. The New York Times says the police watchdog agency also ruled Monday that officers didn't use excessive force when the former Thunder guard's leg was broken in a struggle. Sefolosha's attorney, Alex Spiro, says they're pleased the board found his arrest to be “completely unlawful.” Sefolosha was acquitted in October of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Prosecutors had said he disobeyed police orders to clear the street after another NBA player was

  • Donovan explains shuffling of minutes for Morrow and Singler

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A recurring question from Thunder fans 15 games in has been about the rotation. Why are the minutes being divvied up the way they are, in particular between Anthony Morrow and Kyle Singler? Dion Waiters has been a no-brainer off the bench at shooting guard with his two-way play, but the next man up on the wing has been a toggle between Singler and Morrow. Even with Morrow starting for a four-game stretch in Kevin Durant's absence, Singler's minutes began to increase, with Morrow logging a “Did Not Play” in a blowout of the Suns in game No. 7 of the season. Morrow/Singler minutes at a glance Games Morrow Singler First 5; 12.6; 9.8 6-10; 17.2; 16 Last 4; 20.0; 10.5 Note: Morrow didn't play against Suns

  • Manyang shows flash in Sooners’ win

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN — Just a couple weeks ago, Oklahoma junior center Akolda Manyang wondered if he'd contribute to the Sooners at all this season. Manyang wondered if he'd ever return to the form that had earned him a spot at OU. He even contemplated quitting as he rehabbed a stress fracture in his right foot that had plagued him since the summer. But Tuesday night, a little more than a week after he finally returned to full practice, the 7-foot center had nine points, three blocks and a pair of rebounds in 12 minutes in Oklahoma's 96-63 win over Incarnate Word in front of an estimated 3,526 at Lloyd Noble Center. “I just felt good,” Manyang said.

  • Big 12 basketball roundup

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORTH CAROLINA 80, KANSAS STATE 70 Justin Jackson scored 22 points, Kennedy Meeks added 15 and ninth-ranked North Carolina used a 21-3 finishing run to beat Kansas State in the CBE Classic title game. Theo Pinson scored 11 and Brice Johnson had 10 points for the Tar Heels, who trailed 67-59 with just more than 4 minutes remaining before their game-ending charge. Kamau Stokes hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points for the Wildcats, but the freshman also committed a pair of costly turnovers in the closing minutes. Justin Edwards added 10 points. Meeks started the Tar Heels' final push with a pair of free throws, and Johnson added a putback moments later. Joel Berry II added a 3 from in front of his own