• Report: OKC Dodgers' Julio Urias heading back to majors

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Dodgers phenom Julio Urias is headed back to the big leagues. The 19-year-old left-hander was recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers just days after making his MLB debut and being optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Urias debuted Friday against the New York Mets and struggled over 2 2/3 innings. He was optioned back to OKC on Saturday and rejoined the team briefly Tuesday before a series opener against the Iowa Cubs. He was seen in the OKC clubhouse early in the afternoon. Hours later, his locker was untouched and he was on a plane to Chicago to meet the Dodgers. He is taking the place of Alex Wood, who was placed on the disabled list with left posterior elbow soreness. Urias was scheduled to pitch for OKC

  • Blake Shelton tops Billboard charts with 'If I'm Honest,' to headline Stars For Second Harvest benefit concert

    Blake Shelton tops Billboard charts with \'If...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton’s new album "If I’m Honest" is the No. 1-selling album in America this week, topping the Billboard Top Albums Sales Chart and becoming his third consecutive album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Simultaneously, the album’s first single “Came Here To Forget” reached the top spot on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and the Country Aircheck Chart, making it his 17th consecutive number one single and 22nd overall. "At almost 40 years old and 15 years in this business, who would've ever thought I would have the biggest week of my career now,” said Shelton in a news release. “Number one album, number one song

  • Oklahoma writer/artist aims to create card game with comic book-style heroes

    Matthew Price | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Tulsa writer/artist Jonny Hinkle is preparing to bring superpowered heroes back to collectible card games. Hinkle was a runner-up in the 2013 Top Cow talent search for writing, and his story was published in Image Comics' "Artifacts: Lost Tales" #1.  As a writer and artist, he's also the creator of small-press titles "Uprooted" and "Plague."  He is working with his brother, fellow Oklahoma native Billy Miller in creating the collectible card game "Battle for the Universe." Hinkle and Miller answered some questions for Nerdage / The Oklahoman about their current plans. Q: Tell me about the game you are working on. Hinkle: Battle For the Universe is a game I have co-created with my brother

  • Oklahoma veterans organizations were among Trump fundraiser recipients

    Oklahoma veterans organizations were among...

    BY SILAS ALLEN | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Three Oklahoma veterans organizations were among 41 groups the Donald Trump campaign says received donations after a fundraiser the Republican presidential candidate organized earlier this year. The Owasso-based Folds of Honor Foundation, the El Reno-based nonprofit Honoring America's Warriors and the Oklahoma City group Warriors for Freedom Foundation were all included on a list of organizations the campaign released Tuesday. Also on the list was Operation Homefront, a San Antonio-based veterans organization with offices in Lawton. Campaign officials say the donations were made as a part of a fundraiser the campaign organized in January, at the same time as a Fox News GOP debate Trump boycotted.

  • Council approves $100K for Tower Theater crosswalk

    William Crum | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council agreed Tuesday to allocate $100,000 to install signals and create a mid-block crosswalk for the Tower Theater in the 400 block of NW 23 Street. The request was deferred from the May 17 meeting after Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid questioned why the Tower Theater developers were not paying the full cost for the crosswalk. The historic theater has recently been refurbished. The money will be taken from “unlisted” traffic improvement funds approved by voters in 2007.

  • Starship Playground share jet-setting new single 'Tokyo' (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Starship Playground share jet-setting new...

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 11 hr ago

    You don't name your band Starship Playground unless you're looking to have some fun. Chase Arnold and Ben Edison front the Oklahoma-based EDM project and have shared the exclusive debut of "Tokyo" with us. Here's your chance for a first listen. "We feel like the optimistic vibe is absolutely part of the song, but I think our main inspiration was just to make people happy," the duo said in an email. "We try to write songs and hope that our music can make people think and feel a certain way while listening." The Edmond-born frontmen Arnold and Edison met at a local concert and bonded over an appreciation for another electronic act, Anmanaguchi. The duo eventually sat down and started writing

  • Emergency bridge funds OK'd by Oklahoma City Council

    Emergency bridge funds OK\'d by Oklahoma City...

    William Crum | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved emergency steps taken by City Manager Jim Couch after one span of the May Avenue bridge fell onto the Northwest Expressway earlier this month. Couch sought $120,000 to pay for removing the fallen roadway and to have engineers inspect the damage and begin preparing plans for repairs. In a memo to council members, Couch said demolition work by Cimarron Construction Co. came to $57,750. The city’s on-call bridge engineer, Olsson Associates, has estimated its fees to inspect the bridge and get repair plans ready for bidding will come to $56,917.

  • The Oklahoman's LunchRox music-listening party postponed

    The Oklahoman\'s LunchRox music-listening party...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Today's featured event The Oklahoman, 100 W Main, has postponed its LunchRox music-listening party planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in front of our west entrance in downtown OKC. A new date will be announced soon. The rescheduled Lunchrox will feature a tribute set to Prince, Merle Haggard and David Bowie. Our buddies at The Flying Pig BBQ will still be serving food. And attendees walk foster dogs from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. The event will be on Robinson Avenue, between Main Street and Sheridan Avenue, across from the Colcord Hotel lobby entrance. There is no admission fee. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/NewsOK. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • American Banjo Museum plans first Americana festival in June

    American Banjo Museum plans first Americana...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave., will host its inaugural Americana Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18. Music will be provided on multiple stages by local favorites including Willow Way (pictured) and Bread & Butter Band along with the Side Street Steppers of Memphis, Tenn. TV personality and banjo player Lucas Ross will perform for the youngsters on a special outdoor stage. The event also will include crafts and hands-on musical activities for children, summertime treats and door prizes, including the grand prize of a Deering Goodtime banjo. Tickets, which include all shows and food, are $10 for adults. Children 15 and younger will be admitted for free with a paid adult. For more

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 31, 2016: Hear Tyler the Creator at the Diamond Ballroom

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 31, 2016: Hear...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Hear Tyler the Creator at 8 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Special guest Taco will perform the opening set. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.diamondballroom.com. For more events, go to http://newsok.com/events.

  • Memorial Day in San Francisco's Marina District

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Another trip to Oakland, another trip to San Francisco for shootaround. Five day trips across the Bay Bridge (or under San Francisco Bay), and Monday was the finale. This one was different. It was a holiday. And San Francisco is a wonderful place on a holiday. No traffic. Or least little traffic. We sailed across the Bay Bridge and drove straight to the Four Seasons Hotel. The whole trip took about 15 minutes instead of 30. It was great. Just a few cars at every stoplight instead of 40 cars. The streets were lightly-populated. There was a nice breeze. Temperature about 60. It was great.

  • WCWS adds free events for fans of all ages

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The day before the Women's College World Series starts is always a busy one on the fields at the Hall of Fame Stadium complex with teams practicing and getting used to their surroundings. Their practices have always been open to the public, but few fans have shown. The NCAA is hoping to change that. Starting this year, it is offering several free activities on Wednesday, practice day at the WCWS. Fans can watch the teams practice -- a complete schedule is listed below -- but they can also take advantage of other fun options. *Spirit stations: Make a poster to cheer on your favorite team or players. *Specialty hair bow making. *Face painting.

  • Numbers from Warriors series are promising for the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Thunder-Warriors is over. All that’s left are the memories and the data. The memories will last a long time. Steven Adams’ foul shots. Steph Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s uncanny shooting. Draymond Green’s kick. The two Thunder blowouts. The Game 6 meltdown. A worthy Game 7. The data won’t last long. So let’s look at it now. Golden State is a unique team. What works against the Warriors doesn’t work against other teams. What doesn’t work against Golden State might work against other teams. So the Thunder in this series learned a lot about future showdowns with the Warriors, provided the teams stay relatively similar. Over seven games, trends to even out. Quality comes to

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the Thunder's postseason run

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping the...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Warriors-Thunder series recap -- The Thunder fell in Game 7 at Oracle Arena, dropping a heartbreaking clash for the Western Conference crown. We recap what was an encouraging postseason run for OKC. Archive Thunder Buddies -- Game 7 Thunder-Warriors preview (<–Click Here) - A winner-take-all

  • The Morning Brew: Snowden NSA leak a 'public service'?

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Tuesday has arrived. Check out a few headlines:  Former U.S. Attorney General: Snowden leak 'public service' National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by stoking debate on government surveillance, the former US Attorney General Eric Holder said.  Holder was speaking on a podcast by David Axelrod, a former campaign strategist for Barack Obama, The Guardian reported.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Western bosses best in employee gradings

    Mind Your Own Business: Western bosses best in...

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Largely because they’re more hands-off, bosses in the western United States receive higher ratings from their employees than bosses in the Northeast, according to a recent online study by Harris Poll for Chicago-based CareerBuilder. Of 3,031 fulltime employees surveyed, who work at all sizes and kinds of private companies, 62 percent gave their bosses an “A” or “B.” However, western-based bosses were graded higher than northeastern bosses, with 32 percent receiving As and 35 percent, Bs -- compared with 23 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, 22 percent of employees overall gave their bosses a “C;” 10 percent, a “D;” and 6 percent, an “F.

  • Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he'd like to return to the Thunder: "Of course"

    Restricted free agent Dion Waiters says he\'d...

    Anthony Slater | Yesterday

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Thunder's season ended late Monday night in Oakland, which officially marked the beginning of the Kevin Durant free agency watch. KD predictably side-stepped questions about his future postgame, saying he hadn't even begun thinking about it. But another Thunder free agent made his offseason desire clear. Reserve guard Dion Waiters is a restricted free agent. But he said he hopes to return to the Thunder. "Of course," Waiters said. "Why not? Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court. It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in

  • Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts cryptic smirking tweet following Thunder loss in West finals

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts...

    darnell mayberry | Yesterday

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson drew the ire of his one-time fans once again following the Thunder's season-ending 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Jackson posted a cryptic tweet in that coincided with the Thunder's defeat Monday night. It was an emoji of what appears to be a smirking face. — Reggie Jackson (@Reggie_Jackson) May 31, 2016 // While it's unclear exactly what Jackson's intentions were in posting the tweet, the natural assumption is the smirk was a shot at his former team, which he unceremoniously parted ways with at the 2015 trading deadline.

  • Oakland travelblog: Saline Creek & late-night podcast

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Sunday was not a typical day. Not in the least. It began at 6 a.m., about five hours after I left Chesapeake Arena. It ended around 1:30 a.m. California time, which is 3:30 a.m. Oklahoma time. And there was a great time in between. The Tramels long have staged a family reunion on Memorial Day Sunday in the Ozark foothills. If there’s a chance for me to go, I go. Two years ago, Thunder-Spurs Game 6 was played on Memorial Day Sunday. I went to the reunion, then my son-in-law dropped me off in downtown OKC a couple of hours before tipoff. This time, thanks to the Thunder’s meltdown in Game 6, I had a flight to Oakland on Memorial Day Sunday. My original plan was to fly out of Tulsa. Have my family drop me

  • OKC Dodgers' Jharel Cotton named PCL Pitcher of Week

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Jharel Cotton’s return to the starting rotation last week was a resounding success. The Oklahoma City Dodgers right-hander was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week on Monday after two dominant starts on the road. Cotton, 24, struck out 10 batters in five innings last Monday against Fresno during his first start since April 24. He allowed just one run on a solo home run — the only hit he allowed — and walked one. Sunday, he struck out five in five innings against Sacramento, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. To add to his dominance on the mound, Cotton also went 2 for 2 at the plate with an RBI triple and run. Cotton moved to the bullpen late in April after