• Tuning in

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. OKC at Memphis KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11 a.m. Kansas City at Cleveland FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m. Colorado at Chi. Cubs MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 7 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Dodgers KGHM-AM 1340 MEN’S SOCCER 8 p.m. MLS vs. Tottenham FS1 (Cox 67) WNBA 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Minnesota NBATV (Cox 256) SPECIAL OLYMPICS 6 p.m. World Games ESPN (Cox 29) THURSDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. OKC at Memphis KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR

  • #MyOklahoma

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 55,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Oklahoma City Mass remembers fallen priest

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Tuesday marked the 34th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Stanley Rother, a beloved priest with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who was killed in 1981 in Guatemala. A Mass commemorating Rother’s death was held at St. Joseph Old Cathedral with several Roman Catholic bishops from the state and region, and more than 75 priests from throughout Oklahoma in attendance. The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, shared a homily about Rother, an Okarche native who is being considered for sainthood by the Vatican. Tuesday’s Mass was attended by former Oklahoma City priests who are now bishops in other states in the region. Among those attending were the Most Rev. Anthony Taylor, who

  • Goodell upholds Brady's suspension

    By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate." Then the players' union said it would take it all to court. Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

  • Police to release 911 call in family attack

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    TULSA — Broken Arrow officials reversed course Tuesday and said they would release a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death last week. Broken Arrow City Attorney Beth Anne Wilkening said in a statement that investigators would provide the audio to the media next Tuesday. Authorities initially said the call, described by Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper as "gruesome," would be released Monday, but an assistant to the city attorney then indicated that it wouldn't be because it's part of the investigation into the deaths of five members of the Bever family.

  • Ranking the Thunder’s alternate jerseys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week, a leaked photo brought up the possibility the Thunder will have a new alternate jersey this season. The jersey is thought to be orange with a large block blue OKC on the front. Since only a grainy picture of a drawing of the jersey has been seen, it’s impossible to know exactly what the jersey will look like, but we’ve seen five other Thunder alternates over the years. Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks those other jerseys from best to worst: 1. Christmas jersey, 2012: The NBA called them “single-color jerseys.” The Thunder wore a blue that was a little more electric than normal, and the regular block Thunder lettering across the chest was in that same electric blue with an orange outline.

  • All-State baseball notebook

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Norman North’s Hughes has huge night for West Norman North shortstop Thomas Hughes completed his high school career with just three home runs. That made the result of the first pitch he saw Tuesday that more surprising. Hughes hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished the night by reaching base four out of five times to lead West to an 8-1 win over East in the annual large-school All-State baseball game at J.L. Johnson Stadium. “It was surreal, honestly,” Hughes said. “That (home run) was the last thing I expected. It was so much fun, especially with these guys.” Hughes, the son of Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes, finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs and three walks.

  • Uetake’s heart still lies in Stillwater

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    At least once a year for the past four decades he’s boarded a plane in his native Japan and crossed the Pacific Ocean. When he peers out the window near the end of his long journey, the ground beneath is a sign he’s almost made it — home away from home. “There’s the red dirt,” Yojiro Uetake Obata says. “Oh boy, I’m back in Oklahoma.” Uetake will once again make the trip this week for a special occasion. Although he’s spent the majority of his 72 years living in Japan, winning two Olympic gold medals for his country, Uetake will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

  • OSU running backs intriguing but untested

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    As the Sept. 3 season-opening kickoff between Oklahoma State and Central Michigan nears, The Oklahoman will take a closer look at where each Cowboy position group stands entering fall camp. Next up, running backs. 2015 outlook Oklahoma State enters the season without its top two producers at tailback — Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill — from a season ago. That has Cowboy fans wondering who will carry the rushing load next season. OSU coach Mike Gundy wants to clarify. It’s never a one-person job. “When we’ve had success at Oklahoma State, not only in the win/loss column but on offense, we’ve had a lead back, and then we’ve had another back that’s been pretty good,” Gundy said. “So

  • OKC Dodgers’ rally falls short

    From staff reports | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Memphis, Tenn. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers lost for the seventh time in nine games on Tuesday night, falling 7-6 to the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park. The Dodgers (62-40) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run from Andy Wilkins. After the Redbirds (55-49) tied the game with a run in the bottom half of the second, OKC retook the lead on a two-run home run from Corey Seager. With six unanswered runs, Memphis took a 7-3 lead in to the ninth when the Dodgers came to life. OKC collected four straight hits with one out in its final at-bat. The rally fell just short as Seager struck out to end the game. The Dodgers will face the Redbirds again on Wednesday

  • All-State volleyball notebook

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Christian Heritage’s Watts goes out as MVP With her coach and one of her teammates on the court with her, Christian Heritage’s Emily Watts gave one final stellar performance as a high school volleyball player. Watts was named Most Valuable Player for the West team in a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) over the East in the small-school All-State volleyball match Tuesday night at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center. An outside hitter, Watts was the MVP of the Class 4A state tournament as well, giving Christian Heritage its first state championship last October after a tumultuous season. CHA coach Heath Kufahl’s wife, Jenni, who was very close to the players, died of cancer just


    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LIVESTOCK Tuesday's livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 3,798 Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: (weighted average): Calves: 329 lbs. $327; 434 lbs. $279.86; 501 lbs. $254; 566 lbs. $246.65; 612 lbs. $221.50; 669 lbs. $216.53; 734 lbs. $208.50; Yearlings: 624 lbs. $239.58; 675 lbs. $234.50; 734 lbs. $219.93; 767 lbs. $213.15; 824 lbs. $206.99; 873 lbs. $202.52; 917 lbs. $197.88; 1,027 lbs. $185.90; 1,063 lbs. $184. Heifers: Medium and Large No. 1: (weighted average): Calves: 341 lbs. $271; 383 lbs. $262; 431 lbs. $257.64; 520 lbs. $235; 608 lbs. $209; Yearlings: 604 lbs. $214.39; 676 lbs. $207.06; 731 lbs. $205.08; 786 lbs. $190; 810 lbs. $195; 926 lbs. $179.99.

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY Fan drive to benefit hundreds The Salvation Army will pick up a new supply of box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware on Wednesday to distribute to those in need. The store at 11801 S Western held a fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army, and customers donated enough funds to buy 438 box fans. Heat especially poses a danger to the elderly, families with young children and people with medical issues. The Salvation Army provides fans to qualified applicants. For more information about receiving a fan, call The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command at 246-1060 or go to http://salvationarmyokcac.org/fans/.

  • MTV show 'Catfish' to unveil Oklahoma City online scam

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Some time ago, Thad Robinson, a former corrections officer in northeast Texas, was having relationship trouble at home. Wanting some advice, Robinson turned to Sara Jackson, a woman in Oklahoma City he’d met online. Robinson bared his soul to Jackson, and she told him everything he needed to hear. Eventually, the two admitted they had romantic feelings for each other. But something didn’t seem right. The two made plans to meet in person, but something went wrong every time. Once, she told Robinson she was in the hospital after having a seizure. Another time, she said she’d been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend and had just escaped. Robinson was suspicious, so he did some searching online. Eventually, he pieced

  • Crescent quake makes, breaks history

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Updated: 6 hr ago

    CRESCENT — An earthquake that struck the Crescent area Monday both made history and destroyed a little along the way. “We had a lot of stuff fall from shelves and off the walls,” Frontier Country Historical Museum volunteer Vickey Howard said of the 4.5-magnitude quake, among the largest recorded in the state. “There were valuable artifacts that were destroyed,” Howard said. “Old clocks and pottery that came on the (Oklahoma) land runs.” “It’s not serious — but it’s a mess,” Howard said. At least nine earthquakes have hit near the small Logan County community of Crescent since Sunday, according to data released by the state and federal geological agencies. The largest rumbling

  • High school notebook

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Cordell, ‘Shake It Off’ coach, no longer coaching Byron Cordell has completely shaken it off. Cordell, the former Durant coach who became an Internet sensation with his family with a parody of Taylor Swift’s hit single “Shake It Off,” is no longer coaching. He is the new assistant principal and athletic director at Colbert, a school 15-20 minutes from Durant that does not have football but is where he grew up. “This was just something I couldn’t turn down to be able to be close to my folks and everything,” Cordell said. Cordell had accepted a job at Atoka. He coached Durant for nine years, but was fired in November. That led to the parody of the video, which has more than

  • Deaths

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BETHANY Bigham, Dorothy L., 87, died July 25. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, Oklahoma City (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Waterman, Darwin Earl, 84, educator, died July 25. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday, Bethany Cemetery (Mercer-Adams, Bethany). BLANCHARD Bridges, Jerry Paul, 73, retired Enogex employee, died July 27. Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Blanchard First Baptist Church (Eisenhour, Blanchard). CHOCTAW Holcomb, Jeff, 47, died July 24. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour Northeast, Oklahoma City). COLEMAN Coats, Mildred Juanita, 80, homemaker, died July 27. Services 10 a.m.

  • Dover’s Gamez motivated to improve future after father’s death

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    TULSA — Jesus Gamez walked onto Dover’s mound in one of his final high school starts and thought about his father who had passed away seven years ago. He thought about what he meant to him. Gamez then thought about how dominant he wanted to be on the mound. He then dedicated the start to him and delivered a typical performance. But his dominance didn’t stop there as he added velocity to his fastball and turned heads throughout the summer. “I pitched my butt off,” Gamez said. “It went good. Ever since he passed away it hasn’t been the same. I’m just trying to work my butt off and hopefully make something out of it and help my mom and sisters out.

  • Chandler hospice company owner sentenced to prison, told to pay fine, for Medicare fraud

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    A hospice company owner Tuesday was sentenced to serve three years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution for Medicare fraud. In November, a jury in Oklahoma City federal court found Paula Kluding, 39, of Chandler, guilty of 39 counts related to Medicare fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit and making false statements in a health care matter. A judge chose the punishment Tuesday.  From July 2010 to July 2013, Kluding, the owner of Prairie View Hospice Inc. in Chandler, conspired with others to conceal the true medical condition of the facility's patients to obtain money from Medicare, U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats reported in a news release.

  • House delays federal highway proposal vote

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe tried Tuesday to pressure the House to stay in town and consider his six-year highway bill, but Republican leaders opted to start their vacation this week. The Senate is expected to pass Inhofe’s bill by Thursday at the latest. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, sought to accelerate the final vote, but he couldn’t get the unanimous support necessary in the Senate. The House is planning to begin a monthlong recess Thursday and is giving itself until the end of October to find a solution to the vexing problem of funding for road and bridge construction. Inhofe has become exasperated with short-term funding fixes, complaining that they don’t allow state officials to plan beyond a few months at a time.