• VIDEO: Russell Westbrook appears in new Mountain Dew commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: 3 min ago

    Russell Westbrook and his "nemesis" Rocky in the same commercial?! That's the setup in Mountain Dew's new spot. Entitled "Dew x NBA: Make an Introduction," the Denver Nuggets mascot appears first, and Westbrook appears last in the ad. It's Westbrook's first national ad for the Mountain Dew brand – his other Mountain Dew ads were for Mountain Dew Kickstart. Rocky and Westbrook are in separate scenes, so their long-documented history might not have come up in the making of this spot. Other NBA stars in the commercial include Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle.

  • Will Eddie Sutton make the Hall of Fame cut?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Basketball Hall of Fame will announce its finalists Friday, and of course, we’re all hoping Eddie Sutton makes the cut. Sutton’s candidacy has been a perennial topic around Oklahoma. Sutton’s résumé is packed: 806 victories, three Final Fours, four schools taken to the NCAA Tournament. That résumé also has some issues — the Kentucky scandal with the NCAA, the drunk driving that ended Sutton’s coaching days. In Oklahoma, of course, we go beyond the résumé. We know what Sutton did for his alma mater. Restored the basketball tradition. Made winning and championships an expectation in Stillwater. Made Gallagher-Iba Arena a special place. Gave OSU people a sense of athletic pride that had been

  • VIDEO: Fan wins car at OKC Blue game on half-court shot

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Austin Mayes hadn’t played basketball since he was in eighth grade. That didn’t matter when it came to hitting a halfcourt shot to win a free car. At Saturday’s Oklahoma City Blue game at the Cox Convention Center, Mayes won a 2016 Ford Fiesta from Seth Wadley Ford when he sunk a half-court shot. The Blue presented Mayes with his new car Thursday morning at Seth Wadley Ford in Pauls Valley. Check out video of the shot above.

  • OSU football: Barry Sanders' son to transfer to Oklahoma State

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 2 hr ago

    STILLWATER — The son of an Oklahoma State football legend is coming home. Stanford running back Barry J. Sanders told The Oklahoman in an exclusive interview he intends to join the Cowboys as a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility. “They’ve got my full commitment and I’m looking forward to being there come late June,” said Sanders, who is on track to graduate this summer. His father, Barry Sanders, had arguably the greatest individual season in college football history in 1988 at OSU with 2,850 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns to win the Heisman Trophy. “His message to me was to keep an open mind,” Sanders said. “I think that he

  • Outside the Lines report coming Sunday regarding Cache-Elgin incident

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 3 hr ago

    ESPN’s Outside the Lines has a special report during Sunday morning’s episode regarding the incident one year ago in which Cache girls basketball coach Kenny White allegedly designed and orchestrated a play to injure Elgin senior Jentry Holt. The episode airs at 8 a.m. and includes interviews from current Cache senior Jamie Bonnarens and former Cache player Mia Niedo, both of whom have signed affidavits that White designed the play. You can watch the short preview here. Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association attorney Mark Grossman has plans to interview Bonnarens with her family Friday to complete a third investigation into the incident. On Feb.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC partnering with Oklahoma Soccer Association in groundbreaking deal

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced on Saturday a groundbreaking partnership with the Oklahoma Soccer Association. The partnership will allow the Energy to help in the development of Oklahoma's top soccer talent but also all of its participating soccer clubs and coaches. “When you look at it, you’re really talking about the base of the pyramid. Obviously, the pro team sits up at the top, but the better you’re doing down at the base, the better the foundation is going to be,” Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins said.

  • Who is ready for some Energy soccer?

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Your parents might have told you '20 more minutes,' or that might be what you tell your kids now. Either way, those of you waiting to see some Energy soccer this year can relax. It's here. Oklahoma City Energy FC takes on New York City FC on Friday at noon. The game, a preseason friendly at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will be streamed live on the Academy's website. The noon kickoff is a little bothersome but for those who can get away from work for a little while, the Energy folks not in Florida will be hosting watch parties throughout the metro. Skinny Slim's on Main Street downtown, Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway and San Marcos No. 5 on S Meridian will

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow, Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan react to tragic death of Monty Williams' wife

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 5 hr ago

    It was an understandably somber atmosphere around the Thunder's shootaround this morning in advance of OKC's game against the Pelicans on Thursday night. Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, tragically died on Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The team was still trying to process the news. "Tried to think about what I was gonna say, but I just love Coach Monty so much," Kevin Durant told reporters, fighting back tears, before eventually having to walk away. "I feel for him, man. Somebody we all love, man. I just don’t know what to say, man. I’m sorry.

  • Family Talk: Anger and economics in the family

    Jim Priest | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s downturn economy poses more than a financial danger; children’s lives are at risk.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield named to Wooden Award list

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Coming off his game-winning 3-pointer Monday night against Texas, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was named to the Late Season Top 20 list for the John R. Wooden Award. The award is presented to college basketball's best player with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Hield's inclusion on the list is little surprise as he's the favorite for the award and other national player of the year awards. Through 23 games, Hield is averaging 25.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The Freeport, Bahamas, native is the only player in the country shooting at least 50 percent from the field (51.8), 50 percent from behind the 3-point line (50) and 90 percent from the free-throw line (90.2).

  • The Oklahoman's Spring Sports Media Day set for Wednesday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Oklahoman’s annual Spring Sports Media Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Bishop McGuinness High School. The event will be held in the lobby of the gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in baseball, soccer, track, golf, tennis and slowpitch softball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.

  • Wes Welker Foundation grant applications due by Monday

    scott wright | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Wes Welker Foundation will give away its millionth dollar this spring, and the application deadline for schools and organizations in the Oklahoma City area is coming up. Grant applications for the spring cycle are due Monday, and can be found at www.weswelkerfoundation.com. Full grant guidelines can be found on the website as well. The organization has given more than $900,000 to 28 area athletic-focused groups, including high schools, middle schools, charter schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City. Some of the basic guidelines for grants include: *Organizations must be consistent with the foundation mission to influence at-risk youth by encouraging their full potential through athletics and

  • Indianapolis travelblog: 14 degrees in a great city

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The cold hit me long before I got outside. I rode the massive escalator down to baggage claim of the Indianapolis airport Wednesday, and you could feel the temperature drop even before you stopped moving. I flew to Indy to participate in the NCAA Tournament’s mock selections. Thursday and Friday, a group of about 15 of us will learn exactly how the 68-team bracket is constructed each year and we’ll produce our own, based upon this very season, which includes the Sooners as a prime No. 1 seed. So it’s great timing. Except for the February part. The high in Indy on Wednesday was 18. The high Thursday is expected to be 14. It’s 12 as I write this at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. I like

  • The Morning Brew: Former research seismologist says reluctance to act on earthquakes ingrained in state agency

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 7 hr ago

    It's Thursday. Get into it.  Former research seismologist says reluctance to act on earthquakes was ingrained in state agency As Oklahoma takes baby steps after years of unprecedented seismic activity, a former research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey has offered up a theory as to what's taken so long.  BTW, check out our map of 30 days of of 3.0-and-above earthquakes that have shaken Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City, 2016 - Great Fun Video From Oklahoma Urban Land Institute

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Oklahoma Urban Land Institute Impact Awards ceremony. The event was attended by a who's-who in local development, planning, construction, real estate and banking professions. Wes Anderson and Stephen Tyler put together this great, fun video - one of several shown that night that I will be publishing on OKC Central this week with some reflections of the impact we've seen from this 10-year-old organization.

  • Poll: Trump loses ground in Oklahoma, Democrats remain undecided

    Silas Allen | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A presidential preference poll released this week shows Republican front-runner Donald Trump losing ground in Oklahoma, while a large percentage of registered Democrats and Independents remain undecided.

  • Four things to watch for in the sixth Democratic debate

    Adam Kemp,Chris Casteel | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Democratic presidential hopefuls are set to duel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night for the sixth party showdown and the second between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Make sure to follow the event live on NewsOK.com and pick up a copy of the The Oklahoman on Friday for additional coverage. Here are four things to watch for:  How will Sen. Bernie Sanders increase the pressure on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Sanders scored an absolute blow-out victory of Clinton on Tuesday in New Hampshire which, combined with essentially tying Clinton in Iowa, has given him a new credibility and millions of dollars in donations. Sanders appears

  • Taylor Swift to open Monday night's Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Recording Academy today adds its final round of performers to the stellar lineup of more than 30 artists, set to perform at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Seven-time nominee Taylor Swift will open the show with a song from her Grammy-nominated album "1989," according to a news release. Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, two-time nominee Joey Alexander and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage at the Grammys.  The 58th Annual Grammy Awards. will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Monday on the CBS Television Network. Previously announced performers include Checotah native Carrie Underwood; Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 11, 2016: See Lyric Theatre's 'Mann ... And Wife' in the Plaza District

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Check out Lyric Theatre's world premiere production of "Mann ... And Wife" at 7:30 tonight at Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16. In this musical comedy about modern dating, written by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish, the loveably romantic Henry Mann (Zachary Prince) searches for the perfect date to his ex-fiancée’s wedding. The musical is part of Lyric's New Works Initiative, and you can read my feature on that project here in the coming days. Performances continue through Feb. 21. For tickets and information, go to lyrictheatreokc.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Oklahoma football: Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds leaving Sooners' staff, expected to take same job at Stanford

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 20 hr ago

    NORMAN — For the second straight year, Oklahoma will be looking for a defensive line coach after national signing day. Sooners assistant Diron Reynolds will not return in 2016, OU coach Bob Stoops confirmed in a news release Wednesday evening, and he is expected to take the defensive line coaching job at Stanford. “Diron did an excellent job for us here at OU,” Stoops said in the release. “This move is going to allow him to reunite with his wife and children. We appreciate the work he did and wish him the best.” Reynolds’ family stayed in California after he left Stanford and accepted the OU job a little less than one full year ago.