• Warriors will have to make history to rally vs. Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Warriors trail the Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Which puts Golden State, an historic team, on the wrong side of history. In NBA annals, 232 times has a team trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Only nine times has a team rallied to win the series from a 3-1 deficit. Here are the teams that came from the edge of distinction to win: 1968: Celtics over 76ers. Only two of the nine faced homecourt disadvantage. Boston in the ’68 East finals was one of them. Boston beat defending champ Philadelphia 122-104, 114-106 and 100-96, with all but Game 6 on the road. 1970: Lakers over Suns. Phoenix, in just its second season as a franchise, stunned the heavily-favored Lakers in the West semifinals.

  • ACM Honors lauding Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and more to be televised

    ACM Honors lauding Carrie Underwood, Jimmy...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Academy of Country Music has announced that 10-time ACM Award-winning group, Lady Antebellum will host the 10th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. For the first time, the ACM Honors will be produced for television by dick clark productions and broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network, according to a news release. The 10th Annual ACM Honors will be on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. ACM Honors performers and airdate for the primetime special will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Video: 'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke sings Hanson's 'MMMBop' in Dothraki on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

    Video: \'Game of Thrones\' star Emilia Clarke...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    British actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's "Game of Thrones," appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," where she talked about learning her character's language, Dothraki, on the hit fantasy series. As part of the chat, Clarke sang Tulsa sibling trio Hanson's signature 1997 hit "MMMBop" in Dothraki, adding that she recently crooned it on set in an effort to bring some levity to filming. "I can't stress how much less catchy that is," Meyers said, laughing at her Dothraki rendition of "MMMBop.

  • Short, spoiler-free DC Universe Rebirth review

    Matthew Price | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Writer Geoff Johns teams up with several of the top artists in the industry -- Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, and Ethan Van Sciver -- to tell the tale of one time-lost hero trying to reconnect with his friends and family. Something has changed the world and this character is out to find out what, and reconnect with his allies. Both this and other indications in the book seem to show that DC is re-embracing the legacy hero aspect that was so successful for the publisher in the past.  This comic seems to be saying, it's OK to hope. It's OK to be heroic. Yes, the stories are epic and dangerous, but it's OK to revel in what makes you special.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    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 Game 4 recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder repeated Game 3 in Game 4, mashing the historic Warriors to take a commanding 3-1 lead. This OKC team is now one win from the Finals. How did this happen? We discuss.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Stand-capable desks breed more productive workers, study shows

    Mind Your Own Business: Stand-capable desks...

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Workers using standing desks have long hailed their benefits -- from burning calories to easing back pain. But we now can add greater worker productivity, based on research released today from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. Comparing call center workers who used traditional desks with those who used height-adjustable desks -- for sitting or standing as they wished -- workers with stand-capable desks sat for about 1.6 fewer hours per day and had 46 percent more successful calls per hour. Researchers believe decreases in body discomfort may account for some of the productivity differences between the two groups.

  • Severe storms possible Thursday in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Another round of severe weather is moving into Oklahoma this week, bringing chances for tornadoes, strong winds and large hail. Thursday afternoon and evening will bring chances for severe thunderstorms across central and western Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. Best chances for severe storms will be in northwest Oklahoma, including Woodward and Clinton, forecasters said. Those storms could bring hail up to softball size and wind up to 80 mph, forecasters said. The chance for tornadoes is low, forecasters said. Chances for strong to severe storms will continue through early next week, forecasters said.

  • Thunder scoring best of both worlds vs. Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Thunder scoring historically has fallen into two general categories: * Games in which Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both have monster games, with a massive falloff to the next player, quickly into single digits. * Games in which either Durant or Westbrook has a monster game, with someone else or two scoring more than usual, but still a quick drop into single digits. But in this series against the Warriors, the Thunder has found the best of both worlds. Monster games from the superstars, coupled with balanced scoring below them. The Thunder forever has been the most top-heavy scoring team in the NBA. Durant and Westbrook, both past scoring champions, averaging in the mid to high 20s. Then that quick

  • Video: Blake Shelton, Kata Hay, Brian Nhira, Justin Whisnant and Mary Sarah perform on 'The Voice' finale

    Video: Blake Shelton, Kata Hay, Brian Nhira,...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton performed his new song "She's Got a Way with Words" Tuesday night on the Season 10 finale of "The Voice." As previously reported, "The Voice" coach has been making the TV rounds in the past week or so in support of his new album "If I'm Honest," which features the cleverly written breakup anthem. But Shelton wasn't the only Oklahoma singer to appear on Tuesday's performance-laden finale.

  • Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returning to host 50th Annual CMA Awards

    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returning to...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Country Music Association has announced that Checotah native Carrie Underwood and fellow country music superstar Brad Paisley will be returning to host the 2016 CMA Awards. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 on the ABC Television Network. “This is a milestone year for the CMA Awards as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary and the broadcast is in great hands with Brad and Carrie,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in a news release. “They are genuinely invested in the ongoing success of the CMA Awards, but they are equally committed to honoring the traditions that are the foundation of Country

  • Video: Blake Shelton tries sushi for the first time on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

    Video: Blake Shelton tries sushi for the first...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton stopped by "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, where host Jimmy Fallon helped him broaden his culinary horizons by introducing the Ada native to sushi for the first time. "That there looks like a human tongue," Shelton said, examining a piece of raw salmon, but after tasting it, he admitted, “I’ll tell you right now, man to man: I enjoyed that." He was less fond of pickled ginger, noting the texture reminded him of pre-chewed gum, and raw yellowtail, which he said he didn't like at all. Although he initially thought the sake tasted like Easter egg coloring, he repeatedly asked for more of the rice wine in response to multiple courses of sushi and multiple bad jokes

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 25, 2016: See 'Bullets Over Broadway' at Civic Center Music Hall

    What to do in Oklahoma on May 25, 2016: See...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Today's featured event: See the national touring production of "Bullets Over Broadway" at 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Michael Williams,who portrays David Shayne, is an Oklahoma City native who grew up in Houston, reports my fine colleague Rick Rogers. Williams went to New York in March 2015 along with several of his fellow Webster University classmates to present a musical theater showcase. Such as showcase offers aspiring actors the opportunity to perform for local casting agents. Some of the most promising actors are invited to sign with an agent. “The whole process was sort of unorthodox,”

  • Wayback Wednesday: No Luke or Leia for Oklahoma City

    Wayback Wednesday: No Luke or Leia for Oklahoma...

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    If you know someone who claims to have seen Star Wars in Oklahoma City on May 25, 1977, the day it opened, their memory is dodgy or they're telling a fib. Sort of like the 20 million people who claimed to have been at Woodstock. Star Wars may have "opened" on May 25 but it  did so in less than 40 theaters around the country, most of which were on the east and west coasts. If you opened your copy of The Daily Oklahoman that day in 1977 you would have found films like "The Car that Eats People" and "Demon Seed" playing at Southpark Cinema. "Sentinel" and "Sparkle" were playing at the Tower Theater on NW 23. It's not that there were no good movies to see. Paul Newman's "Slapshot" was

  • Thunder blowouts have Warriors frustrated

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    When these NBA playoffs started, the Thunder had played 73 post-season games since hanging out a shingle in Oklahoma City. The Thunder had won four of those games by more than 20 points. Now OKC has won four more games by more than 20 points, including stunning back-to-back blowouts of the mighty Warriors just in the last three days. And that quartet of routs doesn’t include the Game 6 demolition of San Antonio in the closeout game of the West semifinals, when OKC took a 24-point halftime lead and led by 28 late in the third quarter before coasting to a 113-99 victory. The Thunder is doing more than just making historic conquests, beating the likes of the 67-win Spurs and leading the 73-win Warriors. The Thunder is

  • The Morning Brew: Is a Silicon Valley billionaire secretly funding Hulk Hogan's sex tape lawsuits?

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Wednesday is here. Have some cheer. Silicon Valley billionaire secretly funding Hulk Hogan lawsuits against Gawker They make an unlikely pair.  A Silicon Valley billionaire has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker, according to Forbes.  Peter Thiel is the PayPal co-founder and an early backer of Facebook, and according to anonymous sources quoted in Forbes, has been tapping his billions to bankroll Hulk Hogan's cases against Gawker media.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 118-94 Game 4 destruction of the Warriors

    Five observations from the Thunder\'s 118-94...

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 118-94 Game 4 destruction of the Warriors on Tuesday night:  1. Arms everywhere: Russell Westbrook had four steals on Tuesday night. So did Kevin Durant. But neither led the team in that category. Andre Roberson did. He had five. That's 13 of the team's 16 steals between three dudes. The Rockets led the league with 10 per game during the season. The Thunder averaged 7.4 steals per game, a bottom-10 number. But that Thunder team isn't this Thunder team in sooooooooo many ways. Among them: utilization of length. In January, this defense was inconsistent and often unenergetic. Didn't matter how long their arms were if they didn't race to the

  • Catholic Charities' new chapel highlights 'Church' within agency

    Carla Hinton | Updated: Wed, May 25, 2016

    While leaders with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City celebrated the grand opening and blessing of the nonprofit's new headquarters on Tuesday, May 24, another event drew a crowd to the new facility just a few days earlier. About 70 people attended the May 20 dedication of the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Chapel on the second floor of Catholic Charities' new building at 1232 N Classen Blvd. The event included a Mass of Blessing, with the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, serving as principal celebrant.  "Today is really the signalling of the beginning of ministry in a new place. We all have come together to offer this church to God," the Most Rev. Paul S.

  • Through the eyes of the blind: Seniors can maintain independence through vision technologies and adaptive aides

    Through the eyes of the blind: Seniors can...

    Michaela Marx Wheatley | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Loyd Warier  is an accomplished wood carver and retired US Veteran.  He loves working in his wood shop. Now in his late-eighties, Warier suffers from macular degeneration, an age-related eye disease that impacts roughly 55 percent of the patients seen at NewView Oklahoma.  Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.   In fact, Warier’s low vision was causing difficulties with his reading and writing, cooking, shopping, taking medication, watching television and managing his personal finances and identifying money. “Everyday things became a challenge,” Warier said.

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive lineman Nelson Mbanasor commits to Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    The younger brother of a current Oklahoma defensive back has committed to Oklahoma State's 2017 signing class. Nelson Mbanasor — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman from Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas) — made his decision on Twitter late Monday. His brother, P.J. Mbanasor, is a sophomore at OU. Hendrickson also produced former OSU defensive end Victor Irokansi. Mbanasor was named first-team all-district as a junior last season for a unit that allowed just 19.4 points per game, according to the Austin American Statesman. He reportedly received 20 scholarship offers, including Colorado, Kansas and Texas Tech. Mbanasor is the second defensive lineman pledge in the 2017 class

  • Shaq shows up to Oklahoma City rap show, tweets about local rapper

    Shaq shows up to Oklahoma City rap show, tweets...

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    15-time NBA All-Star, platinum-selling recording artist and notably large person Shaquille O'Neal is in town for the Western Conference Finals, but he showed up somewhere