• Media report: Oklahoma State named one of eight football programs with 'coolest' facilities

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma State was named one of eight football programs with the "coolest" facilities, according to a list compiled by Bleacher Report senior columnist Brian Pedersen. Thanks to mega-booster Boone Pickens and sparked by the 2009 renovation of the stadium's west end zone, OSU's national reputation for its cutting-edge resources has grown. Pedersen's justification for ranking the Cowboys among his top eight schools — Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC also made the cut — was largely based on a 2012 story from NBC sports: "Technology is absolutely huge with young people today. You can't turn your back to it," said Mack Butler, director of

  • Current and former OU athletes raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • Cafe Condesa, Anchor Down open downtown

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Downtown dining took a big step forward with two recent openings. Last week, Cafe Condesa, 300 Park Ave., opened in the vacant space adjacent to the east side of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. Owned by the Del Cid family, who have the city's best breakfast stop in Cafe Kacao in the Asian district, the fast-casual concept features tortas (Latin American sandwiches), burritos, doughnuts and gourmet coffee. No, Huevos Motulenos isn't on the menu, but I was happy to try a Cubano, if for no other reason than to bask in the irony of having the national sandwich of Cuba in a space once called Hemingway's.

  • Tom Osborne agrees: 13th game matters

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    I came across something funny Tuesday. I googled “Bob Bowlsby” and “Big 12 championship game.” The first item listed was from May 5, on espn.com. The headline read: “Bowlsby: Big 12 in no hurry to add title game.” The second item listed was from April 29, on cbssports.com. That headline read: “Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 […]

  • OSU basketball: Incoming freshman Jawun Evans continues strong play for Team USA entering knockout rounds of the FIBA U19 World Championship

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Juwan Evans moved within the top-20 assist leaders at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece as his USA squad enters the knockout rounds with a perfect 3-0 record. Evans — a 6-foot, 164-pound point guard from Kimball High School (Dallas, Texas) — made both his shot attempts and tallied three assists in a 92-50 victory against Egypt on Tuesday, clinching the top spot in Group A. Team USA moves on to face Argentina (0-3) on Wednesday. Evans is averaging 3.3 assists, No. 20 among all players in the tournament, and 1.3 steals in 15.7 minutes played per game.

  • Tulsa's Jacob Tovar releases Western kiss off "Three Good Reasons" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Jacob Tovar has three reasons for leavin’ Tulsa. July, August and you. Hopefully, those things won’t drive the Perry-native too far away because his debut album is country-fried gold. Here’s an exclusive listen to Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps’ first single “Three Good Reasons.” It’s off of the group’s self-titled LP “Jacob Tovar and […]

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • Walking Dead cruise coming next year

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Fear the Walking Dead will debut this summer and of course the mother ship will be back in the fall for yet another season of human drama intermixed with walking corpses. And if that's not enough, you have the option of setting sail with some of the cast members and a whole bunch of people dressed up like zombies. The Walking Dead cruise experience sets sail in January and will include some of the cast members, most notably Norman Reedus AKA Daryl and Chandler Riggs AKA Carl. Theme cruises are popular these days with everything from rock n roll to ship full of GOP talking heads, there seems like there's a themed cruise available for just about any interest.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA's top-selling jerseys in '14-15

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    They bowed out early this year, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still among the NBA's most popular jerseys. Durant and Westbrook finished ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in jersey sales on NBAStore.com in 2014-15. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranked No. 1. Former OU All-American Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) is No. 8 on the list. The Oklahoma City Thunder ranked eighth in the league in most popular team merchandise. NBA champion Golden State led the way.

  • Who has replaced Donald Sterling as the NBA's worst owner?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Many are the things that make a major-league franchise great. Talent. Coaching. Scouting. Money. They all help. But none is more important than ownership. Good ownership doesn’t guarantee success. Bad ownership guarantees failure. Look no further than Los Angeles, where the Lakers went from relevant to irrelevant almost overnight, with the death of owner Dr. Jerry Buss. And where the Clippers, despite an impressive array of talent for one of the few times in their existence, nearly imploded under the nonsense of Donald Sterling. The latest poster child for bad ownership is Vivek Ranadive of the Sacramento Kings.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 linebackers

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015 season. How much will Frank Shannon's return mean to the group?  PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/25/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber continue their position breakdowns

  • Jennifer Nettles to launch jewelry collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Award-winning country singer Jennifer Nettles brings her personal style to a new jewelry collection debuting on QVC.

  • Casady's Max Wariboko-Alali commits to Iowa

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Casady defensive back Max Wariboko-Alali won't be following his brother. Wariboko-Alali verbally committed to Iowa on Tuesday morning, announcing his decision on his Twitter page. Wariboko-Alali is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. He also has offers from Louisville, SMU, Tulsa and UCLA - where his older brother Josh signed in February. Max had one interception and 32 tackles as a junior while helping Casady reach the championship game of the Southwest Preparatory Conference playoffs. He also accounted for four offensive touchdowns.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 30, 2015: See OKC Improv at the library

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Today's featured event: See OKC Improv perform free family-friendly shows today at 10 a.m. at the Bethany Library, 3510 N Mueller Ave., and at 7 tonight at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa Ave. The shows are part of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts summer program. OKC Improv also will perform Wednesday and Thursday as well as next week at various Metro Library locations. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Thunder's worst-case scenario for LaMarcus Aldridge

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LaMarcus Aldridge’s free-agency recruitment begins Tuesday night. We know who wants him (any team with cap space) and we generally know which teams Aldridge wants. But let’s look at it from another angle. Where’s Aldridge best (or worst) destination from a Thunder perspective? Ranking the Aldridge pursuers, from worst-case scenario to best-case scenario for OKC: Houston: The Rockets would have to clear some cap space to make room for Aldridge, but give general manager Darrell Morey credit. He’s fashioned a flexible roster that also is talented. With Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza and probably Patrick Beverley, Houston has defensive anchors. With James Harden, Houston has a bonafide superstar.

  • Toronto could be attractive destination for NBA free agents

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The NBA’s free agency season begins Wednesday, and few stars are expected to migrate to the Atlantic Division, where the Raptors are competitive, the Celtics are interesting and the three other teams — New York, Brooklyn and Philadelphia — are drowning in something resembling hopelessness. Here’s the final division in our look at each NBA team’s salary situation: RAPTORS Under contract: Kyle Lowry $12M, DeMar DeRozen $10.1M, Patrick Patterson $6.26M, Jonas Valanciunas $4.66M, Terrence Ross $3.55M, James Johnson $2.5M, Lucas Nogueira $1.84M, Bruno Cabocio $1.52M. Unrestricted free agent: Amir Johnson, Landry Fields, Charles Hayes, Lou Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, Greg Stiemsma.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Here's to Martha, her mojitos and words to live by

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Happy Birthday to Martha Collar, my late BFF who would've turned 57 today, if acute leukemia hadn't cut her life short seven and a half years ago. I think of Martha, nearly every day and especially when sipping a mojito, one of her favorite cocktails, making one of her scrumptious dishes, like her Chicken Enchilada Pie (see recipe below), or when I'm remembering Eddie, her husky mix who lived with my daughter and me  until last summer when we had to say good-bye. But I undoubtedly think of Martha, her work ethic, laughter and wisdom on her June 30 birthday.

  • Garth Brooks, Kevin Durant, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton make Forbes list of world's 100 top-earning celebrities

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Five Oklahoma superstars are featured on Forbes' 16th Annual Celebrity 100 List. The list, revealed today, details the top-earning celebrities from around the world and includes athletes, musicians, actors, media personalities and authors. Country music megastar Garth Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, comes in at No. 6 on the list after making a successful comeback to music in 2014 after about a dozen years of semi-retirement. According to Forbes, Brooks earned $90 million from June 2014 to June 2015, largely because he has been grossing well over $1 million at every stop on his sold-out tour, partly because he's been playing back-to-back shows in the same arena on the same night.

  • Video: St. Vincent performs with David Byrne's color guard show, collaborates with Chemical Brothers

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Tulsa-born rocker St. Vincent has been all about new music and cool collaborations lately. The singer/songwriter/guitarist also known as Annie Clark reunited with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne (with whom she made the 2012 album "Love This Giant") on his "Contemporary Color," a performance event inspired by the high school phenomenon of color guard, or “the sport of the arts.” Co-commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (like myself, AKA BAM) and Toronto’s Luminato Festival, "Contemporary Color" featured color guard teams from the U.S. and Canada performing live over the past couple of weeks at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, alongside an

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Color me blond!

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What do you all think the appropriate age for young girls to start coloring their hair? My daughter is 11 and wants to be a blonde. She has brown hair. CALLIE’S ANSWER: Well, depends if you want to start paying for that. It gets expensive being a girl. Hold off till she’s a teenager at least.