• Oklahoma baseball notebook: Bedlam at the Big 12 Tournament — finally

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Either the Cowboys or Sooners will be in Sunday’s championship game, determined Saturday when the teams square off as the last two teams standing in their bracket. OSU is one win away from a title-game berth, while OU must beat the Cowboys twice to advance. Game 1 is set for 12:30 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 7:30.

  • Oklahoma scene: UCO's Chris Watson a finalist for MIAA honor

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State (Kan.) along with track athlete Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, died in May 2004 and was inducted into the MIAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame

  • Oklahoma softball notebook: Callie Parsons gives OU lift in 5-2 Super Regional win

    By Kelly Ward, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    When Oklahoma softball needed a hit, something to get its offense going, senior Callie Parsons came through. In her 31st at-bat of 2015, Parsons broke up a no-hitter in the top of the sixth in Oklahoma’s 5-2 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “I’m just trying to do my job and that’s find the gap in the infield and hit it through it,” Parsons said. “I got a good piece of it.” Oklahoma went five innings without a hit, the longest streak of the season. The Sooners hit two home runs on Alabama right-hander Alexis Osorio, only the second time she’s given up multiple home runs in a game all season. Lauren Chamberlain hit her 93rd career home run on Friday. It was her only hit of the night.

  • Oklahoma baseball: OU wins, sets up Bedlam matchup with Cowboys

    By John Helsley | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sooners need to beat Oklahoma State twice on Saturday to reach Big 12 Tournament championship game.

  • Oklahoma softball: Sooners beat Alabama, one win from Women's College World Series

    By Kelly Ward, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Oklahoma (49-7) and Alabama (45-13) will play again at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Oklahoma only needs to win one game to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. If necessary, a third game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and airs on ESPN2.

  • College softball: Shorter and Dixie State remain unbeaten in Division II Women's College World Series

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Shorter (Ga.) and Dixie State (Utah) remained unbeaten in the NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series with wins Friday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Shorter scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning en route to a 5-0 win over Indianapolis. And Michelle Duncan threw a five-hit complete game to help Dixie State blank Adelphi (N.Y.), 2-0. Maggie Meacham had three hits and two RBIs for Shorter. Ericka Bynum added a two-run hit in the big fourth inning. Maddie Bray and Amanda Blanchard split pitching duties for Shorter. They combined for seven strikeouts and just one walk. Dixie State scored single runs in the first and fourth innings in its victory over Adelphi. Brooklyn Beardshear and Josie Hartman had

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Home runs help Las Vegas beat Dodgers

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Las Vegas (27-14) scored its runs in bunches while getting home runs from Brooks Conrad and Danny Muno in an 11-6 victory over OKC (26-13) in a game between league powers.

  • Basketball: Globetrotters and Langston legend Marques Haynes dies at age 89

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Touted as “The World’s Greatest Dribbler” by his employer, the Harlem Globetrotters, Haynes never played in the NBA, instead choosing to stay with the Globetrotters — or being forced to stay, depending on when Haynes told the story — in the 1950s.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Defender Michael Harris' flip throw is becoming a real offensive weapon

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Harris’ flip throw has netted the Energy two goals in its last two matches

  • Best Oklahoma mascots

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Capitol Hill has joined the ranks of high schools in Oklahoma with nicknames that are unique. More than 70 high schools in the state have a mascot that is used by only them in the state. We don’t have a corner on uniqueness, of course. Poca, W. Va., is named the Dots, and Frankfort, Ind., is the Hot Dogs. And just to our east, you can find the Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards. But we’ve got some great high school mascots. Here are Jenni Carlson’s top five: 1. Atoka Wampus Cats: Everything about this is outstanding. The nickname itself being a fearsome mythical creature. The combination with Atoka. The way it all rolls off your tongue. 2.

  • Redskins removal: Introducing the Capitol Hill Red Wolves

    By Jenni Carlson | Updated: 17 hr ago

    COMMENTARY — An Oklahoma City high school opts for Red Wolves over the Guardians. Not entirely unique to Oklahoma, but unique enough.

  • High school notebook: Shawnee's Malique Lytle signs with Iowa State track

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Last weekend, the senior won the 400 and 800 meters at the Class 5A state track meet.

  • High school football: Oklahoma is loaded with Division I prospects

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week.

  • Boone Pickens celebrates 87th birthday in OKC

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Yesterday

    The Oklahoma-born oilman will celebrate with a full day of traveling, speaking to presidential candidates and scouring over oil and natural gas production and demand figures.

  • Oklahoma State baseball notebook: Infielders get the job done for Michael Freeman

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Freeman got 15 ground ball outs in the Cowboys’ 10-1 win over Kansas State on Thursday night in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys manhandle Kansas State, 10-1

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    OSU ace Michael Freeman was superb once again, lowering his earned-run average to 1.05.

  • Class 4A state baseball championship: Blanchard wins title, defeats defending champ Tuttle

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Blanchard wins first baseball championship in 35 years.

  • Oklahoma scene: OU's top-ranked Axel Alvarez eliminated from NCAA Tennis Championships

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and college tennis’ No. 1-ranked player lost to No. 35 Tony Lupieri of Baylor 6-4, 6-4 after giving up a break in each set. It was the fourth singles match in as many days for Alvarez and his sixth in the last eight days.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.