Top Stories


  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson won't come cheap

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Thunder guard can become a restricted free agent next summer. And as this year’s free-agent class has shown, players with his skills can command big money.

  • U.S. Senior Open notebook: Gil Morgan shoots 1-over to lead Oak Tree Gang

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Gil Morgan didn’t seem too pleased with his opening round Thursday at the U.S. Senior Open, but he played well enough to top his fellow members of the Oak Tree Gang. The 67-year-old Morgan shot 1-over 72 on the day, and though he’s tied for 28th, he had a meaningful opening round on his home course. “I'm kind of at the end of it somewhat, and so it may be the last time I'm going to play in any type of major championship, at least at this site for sure,” Morgan said. “You got a lot of fans and friends that are rooting you on, and you hate to disappoint them so you try hard and just hope for the best. I actually played fairly decent, I guess.” Morgan said he left three or four putts barely short, and that made

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scene and heard at Oak Tree National

    BY JENNI CARLSON AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Mary Dominick and Marne Smith got lots of double-takes Thursday. That’s because they had people seeing double on the 18th hole at Oak Tree National. They are twins, and except for Marne’s glasses being thicker than Mary’s, they are nearly impossible to tell apart.

  • U.S. Senior Open Q&A: Edmond's Scott Verplank has 'fairly embarrassing' first round

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Scott Verplank shot a 4-over 75 Thursday in the opening round. He double-bogeyed three holes. He practically duffed a tee shot and only made one birdie.

  • Oklahomans in the U.S. Senior Open: Gil Morgan shoots a 1-over 72

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A recap of how eight players with Oklahoma ties did in their opening rounds in the 35th U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: It doesn't look like OKC will be using its trade exception

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The trade exception that the Thunder received last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota is set to expire Friday, and it appears Oklahoma City will let the deadline pass without making a trade.

  • U.S. Senior Open: NBC's Dan Hicks considers broadcasting major tournaments one of his career highlights

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Dan Hicks will host NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday and Sunday, which will be bittersweet as it will be the network’s next-to-last USGA event.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Colin Montgomerie's off to a hot start, but can he handle the heat?

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    No one was hotter than Colin Montgomerie during the first round of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday at Oak Tree National, but the Hall of Famer said how players handle the searing Oklahoma heat will play a key role in who wins the tournament.

  • U.S. Senior Open: On 25-hour notice, Bill Breen plays in his first U.S. Open

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Nashville resident Bill Breen played in one of the senior open’s sectional qualifiers but didn’t earn one of the two spots in this week’s tournament. He finished as the first alternate, and he never imagined just how last minute the call to play would come.

  • Former Putnam City, OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney regrouping in Triple-A after struggling in Miami Marlins debut

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Andrew Heaney knows there is plenty for him to work on, and he knows Triple-A is the best place to do that. The Putnam City and Oklahoma State product was sent back to New Orleans by the Miami Marlins last weekend after what he called a disappointing Major League Baseball debut.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Health and fitness trailers a 'career saver' for some pro golfers

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    EDMOND — In the parking lot of any PGA Tour or Champions Tour golf tournament, there are two big, red trailers. It’s a common sight. No big deal to most on tour. But Fred Funk, who had a knee replacement in 2009 and a thumb fused in 2011, said these trucks saved his career. Some say they’ve changed golf entirely. “The reason I’m even out here is because of those fitness trucks, no question,” Funk, 58, said. As the brainchild of a former Los Angeles Dodgers team trainer, the PGA Tour introduced the Player Mobile Health and Fitness Trailer in 1985. Then, it provided the basics of a training room, plus a few workout options. In 1986, the Champions Tour got its own truck.

  • Super 30: Akylen Mayfield gives Tulsa Edison flexibility — and a dangerous weapon when he gets the ball

    By Jonathan Greco, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior, who has an offer from Arkansas State, can play almost any skill position. During his junior season, he lined up at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and cornerback.

  • Super 30: Shawnee's Tristan Wyatt a quick learner on the field

    By Chris Brannick, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Right tackle has only been playing football for three years, but is committed to play at Tulsa after his senior season with the Wolves.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams working on low-post game

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Thunder center’s free-throw shooting also needs some work.

  • OKC Thunder: NBA sets salary cap for 2014-15

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The salary cap for the 2014-15 season will increase to an all-time high $63.065 million, the NBA announced Wednesday. The tax level has been set at $76.829 million. Both go into effect Thursday, the day the league’s moratorium period ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making trades. The Thunder’s payroll next season is roughly $70.9 million, which leaves Oklahoma City approximately $5.8 million shy of surpassing the tax threshold. That means the Thunder can sign a free agent with the full mid-level exception ($5.305 million) and remain under the tax. Oklahoma City also has a $6.6 million trade exception that expires Friday.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Gene Sauers lucky to be playing

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    COMMENTARY — A rare disease that was killing his skin cells sidelined the golfer for a while, but now he’s back on the course and ready to play Oak Tree National this week.

  • Q&A: OKC Thunder guard Semaj Christon

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Semaj Christon was selected with the 55th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. After a series of trades, he eventually landed with the Thunder. It’s unlikely that Christon will join the Thunder next season. But he’s making his best case this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: For those of us who didn’t get to see you much in college, can you describe your game to us? A: Physical guard. Like to get in the paint. Try to kick out most of the time for my players to hit open shots. And (I) can guard, can defend. Would it be accurate to say that you’re kind of a score-first point guard more than a pass-first point guard? Nah, if I get in there and I’m open I shoot it. If I’m not, I pass it. You

  • U.S. Senior Open notebook: Oak Tree hopes to avoid weather delays

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Rain and lightning pushed Wednesday morning’s practice rounds at the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and with more rain in the forecast for Thursday morning, the tournament could see another delay before its opening round. Jeff Hall, the USGA’s managing director of rules and competitions, said lightning was a bigger reason for Wednesday’s delays than the estimated .91 inches of rain on the course. As part of the preparation, the USGA contracts an on-site meteorologist to monitor conditions. The rain also created problems with mud in the tournament’s parking lots, but the staff was able to adjust and solve the problems.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Bernhard Langer appears to be the favorite this week

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    German keeps getting better with age, and already has three wins on the senior circuit this year.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Scene and Heard around Oak Tree National

    BY MIKE BALDWIN AND JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Wednesday’s rain shouldn’t affect play at the tournament, which begins Thursday.