• Affirming a person's right to die

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying. Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed, knew her brain cancer would fill her final months with excruciating headaches, seizures, paralysis, loss of eyesight and the ability to speak. Radiation and chemotherapy would have purchased mere months. She would not put her loved ones through her cancer's depredations. Advances in public health and medical capabilities for prolonging life — and dying — intensify interest in

  • Sketch released of person of interest in possible Newcastle homicide

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a sketch Friday of a person of interest in a possible homicide.

  • Deaths

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    ADA Lanis, Cheri "Charlee," 57, died Aug. 23. Memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday, Foundation Hall, East Central University (Criswell, Ada). Williams, Teresa Yvonne, 49, died Aug. 25. Services 1 p.m. Monday, First United Pentecostal Church (Criswell, Ada). ALTUS DeFord, Anthony Wayne, 32, died Aug. 25. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Kincannon, Altus). Plew, Jessie Faye, 92, died Aug. 26. Graveside services 10 a.m. Monday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus). BARNSDALL Barkley, Vernon Ray, 72, died Aug. 27. Services 10 a.m. Monday, First Assembly of God (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BARTLESVILLE Holland, Charles D. M.D., 87, died Aug. 28. Services 11 a.m. Monday, First Baptist Church (Stumpff,

  • Rescued pets are looking for homes

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    18 dogs and 10 cats were taken from a house by Norman animal control officers Thursday.

  • Man is shot after pointing gun at Norman officer

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A man was shot by a Norman police officer Friday night after he reportedly pointed a handgun at an officer.

  • Morning roundup

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Former OU basketball commit Pritchard picks Oregon Payton Pritchard, a 2016 point guard prospect out of West Linn, Ore., has verbally committed to Oregon. ESPN.com reported the commitment. Pritchard initially committed to Oklahoma in November, but announced that he was reopening his recruitment July 6. Pritchard was also considering Michigan and Kansas. “I wanted to stay in the state, and I have a great relationship with Coach (Dana) Altman,” said Pritchard, according to ESPN.com's report. Pritchard is the son of former Sooners football player Terry Pritchard. He is ranked as the No. 8 point guard in the 2016 class and No. 1 overall in Oregon by ESPN.

  • Collected Wisdom with former OU basketball player Bill Dutcher

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Bill Dutcher wrapped up another successful basketball season Saturday. As he's done for the past few years, the now 72-year-old Dutcher played in the Oklahoma Legends Alumni Game. For Dutcher, the game concludes his summer of traveling to fantasy camps around the country to play basketball. Dutcher walked on at OU in the early ‘60s after a successful high school career in Bartlesville, where he also played football and baseball. After he finished at OU, Dutcher joined the Navy for four years before getting a job as a reporter at The Oklahoman for about four months before leaving to enter public relations. He eventually founded his own company as a natural gas consultant and then in 1990 founded Anadarko

  • Dobbs has Tennessee's hopes soaring

    By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs made quite a statement with his late-season surge last fall, but his offseason arguably was even more impressive. Dobbs traveled to Florida in May for an internship helping test aircraft engines at Pratt & Whitney's West Palm Beach branch. Dobbs says the experience offered lessons he could carry over to football. "It was interesting to see the dynamics," Dobbs said. "I was working as part of a team working on an engine. They've got the same daily obstacles and barriers that any football team has. It was interesting seeing the parallels between the workplace and the athletic field." Now the aerospace engineering major is eager to take Tennessee to heights it hasn't

  • Tuning in

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SUNDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. Miramar vs. Img Academy ESPNU (Cox 253) MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m. OKC at El Paso KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon Kansas City at Tampa Bay FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon Boston at N.Y. Mets TBS (Cox 62) 2 p.m. Baltimore at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 7 p.m. Chi. Cubs at L.A. Dodgers ESPN (Cox 29)/KGHM-AM 1340 NFL PRESEASON 3 p.m. Houston at New Orleans KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7 p.m. Arizona at Oakland KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 8 a.m. FIA Endurance FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m. Truck Series FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m. IndyCar Racing NBCSN (Cox

  • Hield steals the show at alumni game

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Long after the fifth annual Legends Alumni Game was over, Buddy Hield remained on the court at Lloyd Noble Center, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans of all ages. There were plenty of Oklahoma legends that played or coached in the game — guys like Alvan Adams and Darryl “Choo” Kennedy among others. But there was no doubt who the star of the day was. “It was fun just being out here and seeing the old players,” Hield said. Hield, who is entering his senior season, decided to stay with the Sooners for one final season, hoping for not only an improved body of work for NBA scouts but also to make a Final Four before his time in Norman is done.

  • MLB Notebook

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Fan dies after fall at Braves game A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall in the seventh inning. Hampton said the man was in his early 60s and was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin. Hampton said police don't suspect foul play at this point. The man fell close to the area where players' wives and families sit, and there was blood was on the concrete surface around the seats.

  • District A-8 Preview

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Talihina loses talent but still the top pick Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said the school probably graduated its best senior class in history last spring. That senior class helped the Golden Tigers compile a 36-4 record over the past three seasons. But opposing coaches in the district do not believe Talihina's cupboard has gone bare. The Golden Tigers, which finished 12-1 last season after losing to Cashion in the state semifinals, are still the favorite to win the District A-8 title. Talihina returns four starters on both sides of the ball. Keaton Jackson moves from starting wide receiver to quarterback and is making a smooth transition, Gravitt said. “I am very pleased with his spring and summer,”

  • Spa Stunner! American Pharoah loses in Travers to Keen Ice

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 9 hr ago

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The day after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, trainer Bob Baffert already was leery of Saratoga in the summer. He had every reason to be and now, American Pharoah may have run his last race. The track lived up to its reputation as the "Graveyard of Favorites" when 16-1 long shot Keen Ice held off American Pharoah by three-quarters of a length in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes — a result that seems almost unfathomable. "I feel bad for the horse getting beat like that," a disappointed trainer Bob Baffert said. "You can tell he wasn't on his 'A' game. Pharoah tried very hard. He didn't have the power he usually has. "But we

  • Konig ties league record with goal No. 20

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday defeated the Austin Aztex, 2-0, in front of 6,089 fans at Taft Stadium. Energy forward Danni Konig scored in the 88th minute to make it 2-0, and the goal put the Danish striker in the record books. Konig is now tied with Orlando City's Kevin Molino for the USL record for goals scored in a single season with 20. Konig took a pass from Energy midfielder Chuy Sanchez at the top of the box and fired a missile of a shot past Austin goalkeeper Cody Laurendi. Konig had a chance to become the all-time leading scorer for a single season in stoppage time. The Energy had a break, and Konig had the ball all alone with just the keeper to beat. But Konig passed it to Daniel Gonzalez.

  • Medical notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Alzheimer's walk to raise awareness The Alzheimer's Association invites Oklahoma City residents to participate in the OKC Walk to End Alzheimer's, 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and two-mile walk at 9 a.m. Entertainment will include face painting; appearances by Disney princesses, superheroes and the Oklahoma Ghostbusters. There also will be a live DJ, the Eat-On Mobile Bistro and free Alzheimer's resources and support information. To start, join or donate to a team, visit okcwalk.com. Free dental services to be provided across metro area Sept.

  • Bridgewater, Vikings hand Cowboys 3rd loss of preseason

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo got his first and likely only extended action of the preseason for the Dallas Cowboys, and found one of his reliable options even with Dez Bryant sitting out again. On the other side, Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed all seven of his passes and made a connection with his new receiver Mike Wallace as the Vikings won their fourth consecutive game this preseason, 28-14 on Saturday night. The first of Romo's two touchdown passes was a 60-yard catch-and-run by Terrance Williams, who made the grab near the 40 coming across the center of the field.

  • NFL Notebook

    Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Trent Williams agrees to new contract Washington left tackle Trent Williams says he has agreed to a new contract. A few hours before the Washington's game at Baltimore on Saturday, Williams tweeted: “Happy to announce I will be a redskin for the next 5 years. This is a dream come true.” The team and Williams' agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The 27-year-old Williams is entering his sixth NFL season after Washington drafted him No. 4 overall out of Oklahoma. Falcons' Jones receives five-year deal The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Julio Jones that is expected to rank with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.

  • Deer Creek girls fitting in with Class 6A

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    EDMOND — Deer Creek got its first true taste of Class 6A competition Saturday in its own cross country meet, and it proved it fit right in. The Antlers' girls team finished four points behind Norman for second place just one week after winning at Piedmont. Deer Creek may experience some growing pains in its first year in Class 6A, but it's nothing new for a girls cross country team that won the last two Class 5A titles while competing at times with Class 6A foes. “I'm actually really excited to move to 6A,” senior Brianne Kirchgessner said. “I just know that our team's really strong, we take whatever competition we can get and we really just want to get out there and run with them because we know we can.

  • Elgin product coming up big for Giants in playoff race

    From staff reports | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    San Francisco Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson is using his first stint in the major leagues to make an impact in the National League playoff race. The former Elgin High School standout delivered a walk-off single with the bases loaded to beat baseball's best team, the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4 on Friday night. The game-winning hit came just one day after Tomlinson hit his first career home run, a grand slam in a 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Entering Saturday's games, the Giants were 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and 4 1/2 behind the Cubs for the second wild card spot. "It's tough to beat the standing ovation after I came back out on the field; that was unbelievable yesterday,"

  • District A-7 Preview

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Ketchum, Afton are coaches' favorites Coaches expect a highly contested District A-7 race between Ketchum and Afton. Ketchum narrowly edged Afton in the coaches' voting, with both teams coming off 9-3 seasons. The two teams, along with District A-7 foe Rejoice Christian, reached the second round of the Class A playoffs a year ago. MARLEY TAKES OVER AT REJOICE Class A teams will be keeping an eye on Rejoice Christian this season and in the years to come, following the school's move to hire former Victory Christian coach Brent Marley. Victory had been perennially strong in Class 3A under Marley, who takes over an Eagles program that went 6-6 last season.