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  • OKC Barons clinch playoff berth, beat Iowa in overtime

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Before the overtime period began Friday night, Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson informed the players on the bench they had clinched a playoff berth. In a dramatic turn of events, the Barons rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Iowa Wild in front of 4,344 fans at the Cox Convention Center. The other two teams fighting the Barons for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed both lost about the same time Oklahoma City forced overtime. “The run we got on late in the season was very dramatic,” Nelson said. “We’ve scored late goals to get games to overtime or score a game-winner late. They could make a movie about this late-season run because it was pretty incredible.

  • Anton Lander named OKC Barons' MVP

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During pregame ceremonies on Friday night, general manager Bill Scott announced the Barons’ annual fan appreciation awards: 2013-14 team MVP—Anton Lander; Rookie of the Year—Andrew Miller; Offensive Player of the Year—Lander; Defensive Player of the Year—Brad Hunt; Fan favorite—C.J. Stretch. “It’s an honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches, so a big thanks to all of them,” Lander said. “I’m very happy and very proud of this team that we kept fighting to get into the playoffs.” PLAYOFF SCHEDULE The Barons, the No. 8 seed in the AHL’s Western Conference, will host the top-seeded Texas Stars in Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 26, an 8

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins ready to meet Memphis again

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Thunder big man knows his role involves physical play in the paint against Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

  • Tuttle board accepts football coach Philip Koons' resignation

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    About 50 people crowded into the Tuttle administration building, many of them in support of Philip Koons, who won 205 games and two state championships in 21 years at Tuttle.

  • NBA Playoffs: How Serge Ibaka spent his offseason getting ready for the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Marc Gasol definitely got the better of that matchup during the playoffs last season. While he and Randolph switched off defensively on Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, the Memphis bigs often helped each other and doubled up when Ibaka had the ball.

  • NBA Playoffs: Serge Ibaka could be one of the Spain national team's big men of the future

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    After the Olympic Games, Serge Ibaka expressed frustration about his role on the team. But if he wants more playing time, that might well take care of itself by the next Olympics. Pau Gasol is 33 and has battled injury in recent years. Many believe he will retire before the 2016 Games.

  • NBA Playoffs: Postseason features diverse group of athletes

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A look at the international players in the playoffs.

  • Welcome to the NBA playoffs, where familiarity breeds contempt

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder and Grizzlies open their playoff series on Saturday night. By the series’ end, they’re bound to despise each other.

  • NBA Playoffs: Why Kevin Durant and the Thunder are better prepared for Memphis' defensive pressure

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During last year’s season series, Kevin Durant and the Thunder got their first taste of life without Westbrook. And with only one established perimeter threat, Memphis was able to sic Tony Allen on Durant and ratchet up the stress level behind him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes suspended 20 games

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    His suspension starts immediately, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports, which will make him ineligible to participate in the first-round series with the Thunder.

  • Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Memphis coach Dave Joerger thinks Loud City is too loud

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Dave Joerger turned toward the scorer’s table and asked nicely for the music to be turned down. The next time he asked wasn’t so nice. The first time Memphis came to town to play the Thunder this season, the first-year head coach thought the in-arena music was too loud and he let game operations staffers know it. There was a bit of begging. There was a smidgen of colorful verbiage. The man from the House of Blues thinks the music in Loud City is too loud. Oh, the irony. But when the Grizzlies returned to town for another regular season game, Joerger didn’t backtrack on his belief that they need to take it down a notch or six.

  • NBA Playoffs: Inside the matchups in the Thunder-Grizzlies series

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Darnell Mayberry breaks down the matchups in the first-round playoff series.

  • Oklahoma women's gymnastics: Sooners advance to Super Six

    By Charlie Potter, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma finished ahead of Georgia and LSU, which received team scores of 197.3 and 197.1, respectively.

  • OKC RedHawks: Colorado Springs beats RedHawks in 11 innings

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs wrap up the four-game set with a 7:35 p.m. game Friday. Bobby Doran (0-0, 6.75) and David Martinez (2-1, 3.46) are the piggyback starters for the RedHawks. Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 10.00) is the schedule starter for Colorado Springs.

  • College softball: OSU beats Baylor, OU whips Texas

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Simone Freeman of Oklahoma State, Kelsey Stevens of Oklahoma have a good game in the circle.

  • College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Hancock spoke Thursday at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon about the impending four-team playoff. Here are some excerpts on his talks:

  • College baseball: West Virginia manhandles Oklahoma

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    West Virginia scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and starting pitcher John Means made it stand up as the Mountaineers whipped Oklahoma 7-0 on Thursday in Big 12 baseball before 818 fans at Mitchell Park.

  • OKC Thunder: Underestimating Grizzlies would be Thunder's first mistake

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    “It’s not going to be easy,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, sounding equally concerned as complimentary. “Two-seven, that means zero. It’s us against them. They’re a very good basketball team.”

  • OKC Thunder: Oklahoma City's secondary postseason ticket prices among highest in NBA

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    According to TiqIQ, the current average ticket price on secondary markets for the Thunder’s first round against the Grizzlies is $241.99.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Can OKC flip the switch in the NBA Playoffs?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    So as the Thunder awaits the arrival of the Memphis Grizzlies for what promises to be a bear fight of a first-round series, one question trumps all others.