• Catholic Charities' new chapel highlights 'Church' within agency

    Carla Hinton | Updated: 1 hr ago

    While leaders with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City celebrated the grand opening and blessing of the nonprofit's new headquarters on Tuesday, May 24, another event drew a crowd to the new facility just a few days earlier. About 70 people attended the May 20 dedication of the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Chapel on the second floor of Catholic Charities' new building at 1232 N Classen Blvd. The event included a Mass of Blessing, with the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, serving as principal celebrant.  "Today is really the signalling of the beginning of ministry in a new place. We all have come together to offer this church to God," the Most Rev. Paul S.

  • Morning roundup

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PENGUINS TOP LIGHTNING TO FORCE GAME 7 The Pittsburgh Penguins are headed home for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series at three games. Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.

  • Energetic Ibaka fuels OKC’s small-ball surge

    Energetic Ibaka fuels OKC’s small-ball surge

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook's jump shot bounced off the rim and Draymond Green was in position for an easy defensive rebound. But Serge Ibaka skied in and wrestled the ball away. It shot out of bounds behind the basket, but it bought the Thunder another possession. Kevin Durant scored on a quick fadeaway jumper on the baseline and the Thunder was off and running. On a night when the Thunder's smaller lineup flourished again, it was Ibaka's effort as the center-slash-do-it-all forward that was key in the Thunder's 118-94 victory. Ibaka finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, again showcasing the energy that was often lacking in the regular season.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKC ratings for Western Conference Finals average 22.0 TNT's telecast of the first three games of the Western Conference Finals averaged 22.0 in Oklahoma City, including a Thunder-season high 24.6 for Game 3 on Sunday night. Ratings were down 6 percent from the first three games of the 2014 Western Conference Finals on TNT (Thunder-Spurs, 23.4) (Sports Events May 17-23) 1. Golden State at Oklahoma City, NBA Western Conference Finals, Sunday, TNT, 24.6. 2. Oklahoma City at Golden State, NBA Western Conference Finals, Wednesday, TNT, 20.0. 3. Cleveland at Toronto, NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Monday, ESPN, 6.3. 4. Preakness Stakes, horse racing, Saturday, KFOR-4, 6.1. 5. Toronto at Cleveland, NBA

  • TNT analysts say Russ is 'too explosive' for Curry to guard

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    TNT's studio crew raved about Russell Westbrook's triple-double that spurred the Thunder's 118-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. They noted that Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA MVP, couldn't guard him. “The pressure that Russell Westbrook put on their defense was spectacular,” Kenny Smith said. “He's the most explosive player I've ever seen,” Charles Barkley said. “He's on another planet.” The analysts thought that Warriors coach Steve Kerr should switch Curry to guard Andre Roberson. “He's too little,” Barkley said. “It seems like it was wearing on him on the other end, and he couldn't make a shot ... He has to play well for Golden State to

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

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Tuning in WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. Oklahoma City at Fresno KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon Kansas City at Minnesota Cox 77 Noon New York Mets at Washington MLBN (Cox 264) 12:30 p.m. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 1 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 6 p.m. Toronto at New York Yankees MLBN (Cox 264) 9 p.m. Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 8 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN'S GOLF 5 p.m. NCAA Championship GOLF (Cox 60) MEN'S GOLF 2 p.m. U.S. Amateur Four-Ball FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE

  • Thunder guard says: ‘I’m a basketball player, man. I can do it all’

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Klay Thompson bricked a 3-pointer on one end, the sharpshooter drawing a rare blank as he tried to snipe his shell-shocked Warriors back from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. Eighteen seconds later, Andre Roberson dropped in a 3 from the wing on the other end, the non-shooter nailing a 3 for a fifth consecutive game, bumping the Thunder's commanding lead to 16. It soon jumped to 18 to 20 and beyond, the cushion growing as Roberson's point total kept rising. The game's final tally: Thunder 118, Warriors 94, a commanding 3-1 West finals series lead. Roberson's final tally: 17 points, a career-high for the shooting guard who seldom shoots or scores. “It's funny,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

  • Thunder-Warriors Game 4 by the numbers

    By Mike Sherman Sports Editor The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    0 Times the Warriors lost two straight games this season before losing Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals to the Thunder by a combined 52 points. 73 Points the Thunder has outscored Golden State by with Draymond Green on the court in the last eight quarters. 10 The Thunder lead when Klay Thompson went to the bench with 3:49 left in the third quarter, having scored 19 points in the quarter. 3 Points Thompson scored the rest of the way.  2 Points NBA MVP and scoring champ Stephen Curry (19 points) outscored Andre Roberson (17) by in Game 4.  7 Number of times Roberson scored in double figures in 70 regular-season games. 3 Number of times Roberson scored in double figures in the last six

  • Q&A with Thunder guard Dion Waiters

    Q&A with Thunder guard Dion Waiters

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Dion Waiters continued his strong postseason with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Thunder's 118-94 win against Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. He took time to speak with The Oklahoman after the win: Q: What are you seeing defensively that's making you so successful in the smaller lineups with Kevin Durant at power forward, Serge Ibaka at center? A: "I don't know, we're just being aggressive, staying aggressive on both ends, moving bodies. The type of defense they're playing, a guy is standing at the foul line. Dre (Andre Roberson) is doing a tremendous job of just moving, keeping a live body, doing what he's supposed to do. He had a hell of a night, he stepped up huge for us. I

  • Thunder pushes Warriors, Green to brink of elimination

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Draymond Green drove in for a meaningless layup, a chance to pad a starving stat line in the final minutes of another Thunder blowout, and Kevin Durant jumped up for a ferocious block. While the rest of the ballplayers scampered downcourt, Durant turned and dramatically pumped his fist into the air. Durant likely would have preferred a different target, but as an exclamation point in what became a 118-94, Game 4 rout of the mighty Warriors, it will do. The Thunder not only took a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday night in these Western Conference finals, it reminded of the ultimate answer for revenge. Live well. An angry Chesapeake Arena crowd demanded blood in the wake of the NBA not suspending Green for his below-the-belt

  • Thunder comes through with another dominant showing in Game 4

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Another Thunder blowout, another pristine performance against Golden State. The grades reflect it. ATTACKING AThe Thunder offense wasn't always smooth. The Thunder shots weren't necessarily falling. But OKC attacked from the start. The Thunder shot 28 first-half foul shots, and even accounting for the six on intentional fouls of Andre Roberson, that's an impressive number. After Golden State drew within 32-30 early in the second quarter, the Thunder got to the line five times in the next 10 possessions. And it didn't stop there. Outside of Roberson, the Thunder made all 14 of its second-quarter foul shots. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams combined to make 26 of 28 foul shots, including 17 of 18 in

  • The best point guard in the West is wearing Thunder blue

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook snagged a rebound he probably shouldn't have, like he often does, and dribbled the ball to the corner right in front of the Thunder bench. He could pass. He could drive. Instead, he pulled up and shot one of those off-the-dribble threes that regularly goes horrible wrong. Splash. Westbrook held the pose, his arm raised, his hand cocked, and behind him, his teammates went berserk. Randy Foye raised three fingers in the air. Enes Kanter went down in a crouch like he was about to wave a runner in from third base. On a night that emotions ran high at The Peake, no one was more composed, more cool, more in control than Westbrook. He made the right plays. He pushed the right buttons.

  • OKC officials shift focus to repairing city streets

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The poor condition of Oklahoma City streets has had the attention of motorists for a while. City officials seem to be getting the message. Public Works Director Eric Wenger told the city council Tuesday that a focus on road-building and expansion will shift to maintenance in the next couple of years.  "We are refocusing on more resurfacing of streets as opposed to some of the widening and other larger projects," Wenger said during a public hearing on his department's budget. Half the department's $47 million budget goes to streets, traffic and drainage maintenance. Voters also approved $445 million worth of road projects in the 2007 bond election, including $143 million to resurface residential streets.

  • Dodgers: Fresno toasts Oklahoma City, 14-3

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Former RedHawk Jon Singleton hits his third homer in two days against OKC.

  • The best point guard in Western Conference finals is wearing Thunder blue

    The best point guard in Western Conference...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Russell Westbrook snagged a rebound he probably shouldn't have, like he often does, and dribbled the ball to the corner right in front of the Thunder bench. He could pass. He could drive. Instead, he pulled up and shot one of those off-the-dribble threes that regularly goes horrible wrong. Splash. Westbrook held the pose, his arm raised, his hand cocked, and behind him, his teammates went berserk. Randy Foye raised three fingers in the air. Enes Kanter went down in a crouch like he was about to wave a runner in from third base. On a night that emotions ran high at The Peake, no one was more composed, more cool, more in control than Westbrook. He made the right plays. He pushed the right buttons.

  • OKC Thunder Q&A: Dion Waiters on the Thunder’s defense, guarding bigger players and Serge Ibaka’s impact

    OKC Thunder Q&A: Dion Waiters on the Thunder’s...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Dion Waiters continued his strong postseason with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Thunder’s 118-94 win against Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

  • Thunder pressure

    Thunder pressure

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Dion Waiters dribbled the ball slowly up the court and, in that moment, it seemed that every fan at The Peake had a moment to look at the scoreboard, realize that only a few minutes remained and comprehend that the Thunder had a lead that was insurmountable. And the Thunder faithful roared. A few moments later, as Russell Westbrook stood in the corner contemplating a shot, the arena almost went silent. Everyone seemed to be holding their breath. But then the Thunder point guard sent a shot through the anticipation hanging in the air, and when it splashed through the hoop, the arena roared again. And the noise didn't seem to stop until the final buzzer sounded. Thunder 118, Warriors 94.

  • TSA woes could lead to more airport line delays

    TSA woes could lead to more airport line delays

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Memorial Day weekend is still days away, but the summer travel crunch, aggravated by Transportation Security Administration budget cuts and ever tightening security, already is bubbling up at Will Rogers World Airport. On Tuesday morning, a lengthy line by Will Rogers standards snaked outside the TSA checkpoint area, eliciting at least one “whoa” from a man who walked into the terminal in a hurry to catch a flight. At airports across the country, the screening process is taking longer — sometimes much, much longer — and Oklahoma City is not immune. “It's really going to require a mindset change,” airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said. “Travelers are used to coming out and getting through security in

  • Legislative leaders say proposed budget protects education, health

    By RICK M. GREEN and RANDY ELLIS  Staff Writers | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma state leaders generally protected funding for education and health care in a proposed budget released Tuesday, ending months of concerns that Medicaid and schools would be gutted.  “Thankfully, those worst-case scenarios can be averted by passing this budget,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This agreement closes a sizable portion of a monumental budget hole and prevents the dire, unacceptable outcomes so many Oklahomans have feared may happen this session.” Negotiators from the House, the Senate and the governor's office made their proposal public just three days before the end of the four-month legislative session.

  • TNT analysts say Russell Westbrook is “too explosive” for Stephen Curry to guard

    TNT analysts say Russell Westbrook is “too...

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    TNT's studio crew raved about Russell Westbrook's triple-double that spurred the Thunder's 118-94 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. They noted that Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA MVP, couldn't guard him. "The pressure that Russell Westbrook put on their defense was spectacular," Kenny Smith said. "He's the most explosive player I've ever seen," Charles Barkley said. "He's on another planet." The analysts thought that Warriors coach Steve Kerr should switch Curry to guard Andre Roberson. "He's too little," Barkley said. "It seems like it was wearing on him on the other end, and he couldn't make a shot ... He has to play well for Golden State to win.




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