• OKC Thunder: Steven Adams will not compete with the New Zealand national team this summer

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Earlier this summer, Enes Kanter was left off the Turkish national team for what he labeled "political reasons." A few days later, Serge Ibaka was left off the Spanish national team for roster budgeting reasons (Nikola Mirotic took the club's only spot for a naturalized citizen). Now there's another Thunder player that won't be suiting up for his national team this summer. And it's for personal reasons. Steven Adams' representatives recently told a New Zealand website that Adams respectfully declined an invite to play with the Tall Blacks in August's Oceania series against Australia.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 376

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Patrick Star: Justice is best soft served. - Click here to learn the source.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 27, 2015: Catch Dino O'Dell at Northwest and Capitol Hill libraries

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: Dinosaur O’Dell (better known to his fans as “Dino”), a children’s musician, educator and storyteller based in Kansas City, will perform free shows today at 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, and at 2 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26. The free performances are part of the final week of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts program. Dino, who released earlier this month his latest picture book, "Zar and the Broken Spaceship," will perform throughout the week at various library locations. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 1; July 27, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! [pagebreak] <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; text-transform: uppercase; font-family: Helvetica; color: #fff; background-color: #0099e6; font-size: 30px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px;"><strong>No. 5 - Becoming bilingual<br /></strong></p> Do you have dreams of becoming an astronaut? Great! First hurdle: Learn Russian. (Or, if you're Russian, learn English.

  • OKC Thunder: Why it's unlikely Mike Miller lands on the Thunder's roster

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers executed a cash-dump deal on Sunday night, shipping Brendon Haywood and Mike Miller into Portland's cap space and getting a trade exception in return. Haywood and his non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract will assuredly be cut in the coming days. Miller's $2.85 million salary, while guaranteed, is also expected to be bought out. If that comes to fruition, the Thunder serve as an intriguing landing spot for Miller, an aging but highly respected veteran sharpshooter who has flirted with Oklahoma City in the past. Miller, of course, played under new Thunder coach Billy Donovan at Florida between 1998-2000.

  • Alfre Woodard to be featured on new season of 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' debuting tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The two-time Emmy nominated series "Who Do You Think You Are?" returns this summer to share more fascinating stories, and shed light on surprising revelations, of the real life family history of celebrities. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres at 8 tonight on TLC.  Participants this season include Bryan Cranston, J.K. Rowling, Tom Bergeron, Ginnifer Goodwin and Tulsa native Alfre Woodard. Woodard, an Oscar nominee and 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be, in this season.

  • Tulsa artist Matthew Bearden takes on American Indian mascot issue with painted helmet series

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman. Tulsa painter tackles issue of American Indian mascots with artistic helmet series Under the bright lights, a gleaming line of helmets showcase mascots and logos no team has ever worn -- and almost certainly, no team ever will. A portrait of the pope in his tall hat called a mitre. An American Indian warrior with the feathers of his war bonnet rendered instead as bullets and bombs. A white devil bearing a wide grin. “You still have the Red Devils, you got your Blue Devils, and now you got your White Devils,” said the artist, Matthew Bearden. “A little message behind it … but some of it is

  • Report: 2016 Oklahoma State football verbal commit Tyrell Alexander reopens recruitment

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    2016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an ESPN-rated four-star prospect, pledged to OSU back in April during the Cowboys' spring game. He's received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and others. OSU now has 10 players verbally commited to its 2016 class: RB

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 26, 2015: Hear Adam & Kizzie play a Summer Breeze concert in Norman

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Adam & Kizzie take the stage of The Depot’s free Summer Breeze concert series at 7:30 tonight in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes. Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter are a married couple who after having been best friends in high school went their separate ways, performing all over the world. Kizzie sang for Disney for years in Tokyo and the Bahamas, while Adam focused primarily on straight-ahead jazz piano, which took him to Brazil, Italy, France and his well sought after four-piece band, New Growth, was established.

  • Oklahoma City FC falls in WPSL Final Four

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Edmond — Oklahoma City FC, as hosts of the Women's Premier Soccer League Final Four, lost on Saturday 3-2 to the Chicago Red Stars Reserves at Tom Thompson soccer field on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City won the Big Sky Conference Championship and the South Regional to get to their second consecutive Final Four, but just as in 2014 Oklahoma City lost in the semifinals. Chicago wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. A header in the 7th minute by Ashley Handwork put the Red Stars up 1-0. Handworks' Marquette teammate Mary Luba assisted on the score. Chicago doubled the lead in the 36th minute on a breakaway score from Giuliana Lopez. Oklahoma City got within a goal in the in the

  • Audra Mae playing Oklahoma City benefit show tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Singer-songwriter Audra Mae, an Oklahoma native now based in Los Angeles, will play a hometown benefit show at 7:30 tonight at Will Rogers Park Amphitheater, 3312 N Portland. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Backstage Players, the alliance support group for children who participate in the Northwest Optimist Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BackstagePlayers. Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children. A Putnam City High School graduate, Mae not only performs and records her own music but also has written songs recorded by Miranda Lambert, Avicii, Kelly Clarkson, Joy Williams and Celine Dion. For more information,

  • ‘Comedy Get Down’ brings Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and more to Oklahoma City tonight

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together to for ‘The Comedy Get Down’ at 8 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Ticket prices range from $46.75 to $62.75. Tickets are available at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 25, 2015: Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy at National Cowboy Museum

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Today's featured event: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is hosting festivities today for the National Day of the American Cowboy, a day dedicated to honoring, celebrating and preserving cowboy culture and its contributions to the American West. This year’s festivities will honor the life of legendary cowboy, entertainer, songwriter and artist Chris LeDoux (1948-2005).   “Chris LeDoux was the best of the American West, and we look forward to celebrating him as a cowboy and recognizing his diverse body of work,” said Museum President Steven Karr in a news release. “Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see his art, hear his music and relive his

  • Could Kendrick Perkins be an NBA assistant coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, which is good for Perk. Good team. Good role, as a mentor to Anthony Davis while serving as a deep reserve on a team with Davis, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca. Perkins can't play like he once did. His body is worn out. It's got to be frustrating for a player whose value always was being in the right place at the right time but now can't get there, even if he knows exactly when and where to be. But Gran Torino is still good to have around. LeBron James wanted him on the Cavs' roster for Cleveland's stretch run. The Thunder was sad to see Perkins go, even though trading him helped bring a restocked roster. New Orleans, an up and comer if ever there was one, is

  • Will Tyrone Swoopes keep the quarterback job at Texas?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Texas Longhorns, as usual, have quarterback questions. Junior Tyrone Swoopes is being pushed by redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard. UT coach Charlie Strong was asked this week how good the Longhorns could be if they get good quarterback play. “I don't know what the number would be or what would happen, but not only with the quarterback, it's got to come from all positions,” Strong said. “You look at us on defense, we lost six key starters there.  So we're going to have to play really well on defense.  That's where it all starts at.” That’s the problem with the ‘Horns. They are rebuilding their defense while struggling to find offensive playmakers. That’s a

  • Oklahoma City mayor, council members file first disclosures under new state ethics rules

    William Crum | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    State rules taking effect this year require elected city officials to disclose some limited information about their finances. Oklahoma City’s mayor and council members also must disclose certain gifts under rules adopted by the council last year. Under the new state rules, elected officials must report where they work, sources of more than $5,000 in income, and securities […]

  • Join us for an Instameet at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for another Instameet in Oklahoma City. This time we'll be at the Oklahoma City National Memorial from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 with Bedford Camera & Video. Bring your DSLR, smartphone or action camera. All level of photographers are welcome, and Sigma will be loaning out lens for you to try for free!  Hope to see you there!  #Repost @ditboy with @repostapp. ・・・ INSTAMEET SATURDAY JULY 25 AT THE OKC NATIONAL MEMORIAL 8 AM Sponsored by Bedford's Camera, Sigma lenses and The Oklahoman.

  • October court date set for Oklahoma State lawsuit against former offensive line coach Joe Wickline

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's lawsuit against its former offensive line coach Joe Wickline for breach of contract is one step closer to trial, as a pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 in Payne Count District Court, according to online court records. Wickline, hired by Texas in 2014 after nine seasons as a Cowboy assistant, contends he received a promotion with play-calling duties for the Longhorns and did not violate the terms of his contract. OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder argued in a March letter to Wickline that Texas assistant coach Shawn Watson was the Longhorns' true offensive coordinator who called plays, and therefore, Wickline owes OSU the remainder of his previous contract

  • Celebrities and their travel Instagrams

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    For the most part it's a pretty good deal to be a celebrity.  Most of them are rich. They are liked. And they get special attention wherever they go. Sure, there is a downside to fame, like stalkers, and TMZ, but for the most part it's a pretty good gig. So it should be no surprise celebrities go on really nice vacations, and like the rest of us plebes, they like to take pictures of their trips and put them on social media.  Travel and Leisure has a nice collection of photos from some recent celebrity trips around the world and yeah, they're having a pretty good time.

  • Garth Brooks sells 100,000 Dallas concert tickets in less than 2 hours

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    DALLAS - Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks this morning sold more than 100,000 concert tickets to his September Dallas tour stop before noon. Since tickets started selling at 10 a.m. today, that means he managed to move six-figures worth of tickets in less than two hours. Not surprisingly, this smashed the Oklahoma native's previous Dallas ticket record, which he set Feb. 13-15, 1998, at Reunion Arena, where he sold 50,213 tickets.  As previously reported, Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, initially booked two September concerts at American Airlines Center, but that has now been expanded to seven shows. Even after selling 100,000 tickets, all seven concerts are still selling,