• Cubs blast 6 HRs, top Cards for lead in NLDS

    By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO — The young sluggers of the Chicago Cubs are making themselves at home in the playoffs. On a rare off night for Jake Arrieta, the Windy City rookies bashed their way to the brink of the NL Championship Series.Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber connected during a six-homer show for the Cubs, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series. Arrieta struck out nine before departing in the sixth inning, and the bullpen finished the job in the first postseason game at Wrigley Field in seven years. A third straight win for the Cubs on Tuesday, and the once woebegone franchise will advance to the NLCS for the first time in 12 years.

  • Thunder changes how it defends the 3-pointer

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    It's only two games into the Thunder preseason, but there's early evidence Oklahoma City is going to dog the 3-point shot defensively under Billy Donovan. The difference was obvious in the Thunder's first home exhibition game. The opposing shooting guard received the ball just above the left side of the 3-point arc with his back to the basket. He pivoted to face the rim and Andre Roberson was right there. The 6-foot-7 Roberson yelled “Ball! Ball!,” allowing his man little room to operate. Donovan is changing the way the Thunder approaches defending the 3-pointer, and it's requiring changes from not just the perimeter players, but the bigs as well.

  • Sooner Nation? Frustration Nation is more like it

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN — Sooner fans lamented on platforms public and private, social and secret. Team leaders Zack Sanchez and Durron Neal told off some of those same fans on Twitter. Bob Stoops all but threw up his hands and said, “What can I do?” during his Monday presser. After Oklahoma's shocking loss to Texas, the irritation factor is high in Sooner Nation. Frustration Nation is more like it. Time was, a performance like we saw Saturday in the Cotton Bowl would've lit the fires of outrage. Anger would've been the fuel for the inferno.

  • DNA links MWC man to ’97 child abduction

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIDWEST CITY — Police and the FBI conducted an intensive nationwide search for 8-year-old Kirsten Renee Hatfield after she vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night more than 18 years ago.  No trace was ever found.  Monday, investigators arrested a neighbor who still lives only two doors down. “Oh my goodness,” said the victim's mother, Shannon Hazen, who learned about the arrest from The Oklahoman. “Yes! Yes! Yes!,” she said, then began sobbing.  Anthony Joseph Palma, 56, of Midwest City, was arrested in the second-grader's abduction after new DNA testing connected him to evidence found at the 1997 crime scene, police reported. Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes on

  • Cash infusion to help with smashed pavement

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has found an additional $20 million to fix road pavement pulverized by heavy truck traffic and slammed by extreme weather. Commissioners on Monday also approved new design work on a huge project to upgrade the Interstate 35 and Interstate 240 interchange, and funded improvements for 10 of 300 rail crossings set for major safety upgrades.  The $20 million infusion comes from a $100 million cash balance the state maintains in a highway program that receives federal funding. Cash flows through this program to pay for more than $1 billion a year in state projects.

  • City is not done attracting, retaining skilled workers

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Millennials were just starting to hit the workforce when a 2003 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber gathering of civic leaders was advised at a workshop that the rules of job creation were set to change dramatically. Mary Jo Waits was one of a handful of voices at the time suggesting that the dynamics of talented workers being tied to geography and pay were being replaced by the pursuit of community diversity and opportunities. Waits, who then was associate director at the Morrison Institute of Public Policy, since has risen through the ranks and now oversees social, economic and workforce programs at the National Governors Association.

  • Blue Jays beat Rangers to force Game 5

    By STEPHEN HAWKINS The Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Sure, R.A. Dickey was disappointed when he saw Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walking toward the mound. The 40-year-old knuckleballer had a six-run lead and was one out shy of qualifying for a win in his first postseason start. Dickey also knew he was handing the ball off to a fellow Cy Young winner in David Price, and Toronto went on to beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 at home in the AL Division Series. “When you look over your shoulder and you've got a guy like this coming in behind you, it makes it a whole lot easier to give the ball to Gibby,” Dickey said, with Price seated to his right after the game. “It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care

  • MLB Notebook

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Royals stun Astros to take Game 4 Astros shortstop Carlos Correa couldn't handle a deflected grounder that might have been a double-play ball, helping the Kansas City Royals rally for five runs in the eighth inning to beat Houston 9-6 Monday and force their playoff series to a decisive Game 5. Correa homered twice, doubled, singled and drove in four runs in Game 4 of the AL Division Series. Houston took a 6-2 lead into the eighth, but a tough error charged to the 21-year-old rookie keyed the Royals' comeback to even the matchup at two games apiece. Game 5 will be back in Kansas City on Wednesday night. Johnny Cueto is set to start for the Royals against Collin McHugh.


    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Bell's 1-yard TD run at buzzer lifts Steelers over Chargers Le'Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard wildcat run as time expired to give Mike Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers a stunning 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. With 5 seconds left, Bell took the direct snap, ran left and was buried in traffic before diving for the end zone and getting the ball across the line as Donald Butler dragged him down. Thousands of Pittsburgh fans waving Terrible Towels went nuts as the Steelers improved to 3-2. San Diego dropped to 2-3. Vick, having an awful game until the fourth quarter, kept the drive alive with a 24-yard scramble up the middle and then a 16-yard pass to Heath Miller one play before Bell's big

  • Oklahoma City Council to discuss MAP 3 convention center's location

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council is expected to privately meet to discuss appraisals of downtown sites for the MAPS 3 convention center. It could select from among three possible sites and direct the city managers to begin the process of acquiring the site.

  • Annual Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy attracts hundreds of middle-school students

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy hosted 432 middle school students in its eighth annual Engineering Challenge earlier this month.

  • Deaths

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ADA Duncan, William Ralph "Tuffy," 84, retired custodian at Latta High School, died Oct. 9. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Criswell, Ada). Haines, Fannie Ozella, 95, homemaker, died Oct. 9. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Criswell, Ada). ALFALFA Little, Joy, 80, died Oct. 11. Services pending (Ray and Martha's, Carnegie). ALTUS Deford, Phoebe, 76, died Oct. 12. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Lowell-Tims, Altus). APACHE Coffman, Charles, 63, electrician, died Oct. 11. Memorial services 10 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Crews, Apache). ARCADIA Traylor, Kenneth, 71, died Oct. 12. Services pending (Pollard, Oklahoma City). ATOKA Bear, Ricky Lee, 35, welder, died Oct. 9. Services

  • Child neglect case dismissed for couple charged in the death of a 7-year-old boy

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Prosecutors have dismissed a felony child neglect case against a couple after a 7-year-old boy died when a burglar set fire to the house he was left alone in.

  • Does research pop the top off link between diet soda, obesity?

    By Ryan Stewart For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    A study of more than 22,000 Americans shows people who drink diet soda increase their intake of foods loaded with cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar. But a researcher at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation says his interpretation of the study is that people who drink diet sodas use that as an excuse to eat a less-healthy diet.

  • Valir Hospital's $10 million renovation set to be completed in 2017

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Valir Hospital undergoing a $10 million renovation in Oklahoma City's Midtown was originally built in the early 1960s as a Holiday Inn.

  • Bedtime routine helps babies sleep through the night

    By Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D. For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff offers tips for helping a 9-month-old sleep through the night.


    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $43.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $31.50 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted Sept. 28: COMPLETION Cleveland: O'Brien Resources LLC; Burkett No. 36 1 Well; C NE1/4 NW1/4 SE1/4 of 36-08N-02W; 26 barrels oil per day; TD 8,550. Kingfisher: Marathon Oil Co.; Sage No. 1-15H Well; SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 15-15N-09W; 373 barrels oil per day, 1,292,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 14,605. INTENT TO DRILL Creek: Veteran Exploration & Production LLC; Puller No. 28-2 Well; C SW1/4 NE1/4 of 28-14N-08E; TD 3,400. Ellis: Le Norman Operating LLC; Brearly No.

  • The Oklahoman's high school football rankings

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Class 6A-I 1. Jenks 5-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union 4-2 (2) 3. Broken Arrow 5-1 (4) 4. Southmoore 5-1 (5) 5. Owasso 3-2 (6) 6. Norman North 4-2 (7) 7. Mustang 5-1 (3) 8. Westmoore 3-3 (8) 9. Edmond S.F. 4-2 (9) 10. Putnam City 3-3 (NR) Dropped out: Edmond Memorial, 2-4 (10) Class 6A-II 1. T. Washington 5-0 (1) 2. Bartlesville 6-0 (2) 3. Lawton 4-1 (3) 4. Bixby 4-2 (4) 5. Sand Springs 2-3* (5) 6. Stillwater 2-4 (6) 7. Midwest City 4-2 (7) 8. Putnam West 3-3 (8) 9. Choctaw 4-2 (9) 10. Muskogee 2-4 (10) Dropped out: None *-Forfeited two games for using ineligible player. Class 5A 1. L. MacArthur

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 13

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 13, 2015

  • Big technology deals don't always compute for buyers

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Big technology deals don't always compute for buyers Many of the tech industry's other notable deals haven't panned out as well as the buyers planned. Here's a look back at those past acquisitions: •Avago Technologies Ltd. agrees to buy Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in May of this year. This deal by rival chipmakers isn't expected to be completed until next year, so it's still too early to assess. •Facebook buys WhatsApp for about $21.8 billion in 2014. Social media company expanded its messaging service capabilities with this purchase. •Hewlett-Packard Co. buys Compaq for about $19 billion in 2002.