• What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 28, 2014: Have a laugh with Rodney Carrington at Grand Casino in Shawnee

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE – Oklahoma comedian and singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington is wrapping up a two-night stand at 5 p.m. today at the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. Tickets to Carrington’s “Camouflage and Christmas Lights” start at $55. For tickets and information, call 964-7777 or go to www.grandboxoffice.com. For more […]

  • District 2A-1 All-District team set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The District 2A-1 All District Team was recently named with Hennessey linebacker Javy Renteria taking home top honors as the district MVP. Renteria, who made The Oklahoman‘s Little All-City team, led the Eagles to the Class 2A semifinals. Here is a complete look at the team: Most Valuable Player: Javy Renteria, Hennessey Offensive MVP: Taggart […]

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine; 'He's No. 1 in the world'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Clemson has faced its share of good running backs this season, with Georgia star Todd Gurley being the clear best among that group. Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but […]

  • Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables could get a raise

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — In his third year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has transformed the Tigers into the nation’s No. 1 total defense this season. He could soon be rewarded financially for that work. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday if he’s started to work through any potential staff raises — and was […]

  • Oklahoma football: Former Sooner All-America linebacker Teddy Lehman talks about Brent Venables

    Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Oklahoma faces former defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Since Venables became Clemson’s defensive coordinator, the Tigers have made drastic improvement on that side of the ball. Clemson enters the bowl game with the nation’s No. 1 total defense. I wrote about the job Venables […]

  • Orlando travelblog: Branson for kids

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    My list of major-league cities that I haven’t visited is getting shorter. Orlando left the club Friday. Let’s see. Boston, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Toronto and Sacramento. That’s the list, if you don’t count the National Hockey League. My early impressions of Orlando: Branson for kids. I know, that’s going to anger the chambers of commerce […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 27, 2014: Hear Stoney LaRue at Riverwind Casino

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Today’s featured event: NORMAN – Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will play at 8 tonight at Riverwind Casino, 1544 W State Highway 9. The Taft, Texas-born and southeastern Oklahoma-bred musician is touring in support of “Aviator,” his third studio album and his debut on the eOne Nashville label. To read my recent interview with Stoney, […]

  • A look back at digital additions for subscribers in 2014

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The year in the digital news world here went about as planned. In 2014, our audience for NewsOK grew. That’s a record for the state’s largest news website. We had more page views and unique visitors than we’ve ever had before. That was the plan. On that site, we post a ton of stories from a […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant back on the court ... with kids

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    He didn’t play in the Thunder’s 98-75 win over the Charlotte Hornets, but Kevin Durant participated in shootaround on Friday, an indication that he’s close to a return from his ankle sprain. He didn’t look too shabby after Friday’s game, either, as he was lifting kids up for dunks in postgame among some pleas of […]

  • Thunder-Hornets first-half observations

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder shot out to a commanding start against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half, leading 59-40. Here are three observations (you can also follow our live coverage here): 1. Westivus continues: Since it’s the holiday season, and in honor of colleague Jason Kersey, I’ve deemed this recent run of excellent play […]

  • Scott Brooks talks about the curious case of Jeremy Lamb

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Scott Brooks wasn’t all that interested in discussing Jeremy Lamb on Friday night. No surprise there. The Thunder coach often becomes short or defensive with reporters when questions start to fly about who’s in and who’s out of his rotation and why. But during his customary media session before the Thunder took on Charlotte, Brooks […]

  • OU chat recap: Ryan Aber talks transfers, QB competition and which conference has the clout

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    There was plenty to talk about on the Power Lunch chat Friday. OU beat writer Ryan Aber answered questions about the Sooners ranging from players who are potentially on the way out to what will happen with the quarterback competition in the spring. Here’s some of the best: Question from Aaron: Do you think Keith […]

  • Kansas State's John Currie: Don't rush to a championship game

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    In the wake of being overlooked for the inaugural College Football Playoff, there is much talk of the Big 12 staging a conference championship game, even with the 10-team format. The NCAA is likely to grant the Big 12 a waiver so that it could stage a game if it desires. But I chatted with […]

  • They Might Be Giants to play Diamond Ballroom May 15

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Grammy-winning alternative rock band They Might Be Giants will play “An Evening With They Might Be Giants” May 15 at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Tickets are $19 in advance and $24 the day of the show. Tickets are on sale at Buy For Less locations in Oklahoma City, Reasor’s and Starship Records […]

  • College football predictions: Why the Sooners have an edge in Orlando

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Bowl week arrives and this year ends a day early. New Year’s Eve, traditionally a huge day for all kinds of minor bowls, has been commandeered by the majors. The Peach, Cotton and Fiesta bowls have a monopoly on New Year’s Eve bowls. That means lots of bowls on other days — three on Friday, […]

  • Video & map: Opening Night to ring in 2015 by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Opening Night to ring in 2015 by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City For the 29th year, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City is organizing Opening Night, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Oklahoma City. The […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 26, 2014: Hear Jabee at 51st Street Speakeasy

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma City rapper Jabee perform a free “Gift Raps” show at 10 tonight at 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51. The lineup also will include 12 & Stik, Regg and MXM. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. For more information, go to 51stspeakeasy.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. […]

  • Video and interview: Hard Working Americans member Jesse Aycock has red-letter 2014

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Hard Working Americans member Jesse Aycock has red-letter 2014 In addition to becoming an official member of the supergroup Hard Working Americans, Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock toured with The Secret Sisters and played on albums for fellow Oklahomans Samantha Crain, John […]

  • NFL predictions: Can Bengals fulfill their Super Bowl destiny?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The NFL can’t ask for much more than what it’s getting in the last Sunday of the regular season. Sixteen games, and 10 have playoff implications, either for qualification or seeding. And like always, it’s a doubleheader on both FOX and CBS. Plus the AFC North title game on NBC come Sunday night. Not a […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-106 Christmas Day win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 114-106 win in San Antonio on Christmas Day: Best win – The reigning league MVP and the reigning Finals MVP were both rocking suit jackets. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play. So these two teams certainly weren’t the full-throttle title-contenders we expect to see come May. But […]