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  • 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.

  • Meet the OKC RedHawks' guitar man

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Outfielder Austin Wates taught himself to play the instrument, and takes it along on road trips.

  • Media notebook: Cox Communications to carry SEC Network

    By Mel Bracht | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Network to air more than 1,000 events in inaugural year

  • OKC RedHawks down New Orleans

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma City right-hander Jake Buchanan was going to start on short rest Wednesday. Instead, he started even a day earlier when he was forced to take the mound in place of Brett Oberholtzer at the last minute on Tuesday. But Buchanan held strong in the RedHawks’ 6-5 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. “That’s part of pitching in Triple-A,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “Sometimes you make adjustments and do the best you can. (Buchanan) sucked it up today and the bullpen did a good job.” Oberholtzer was held back due to an organizational decision. Buchanan (7-5) allowed four runs over six innings, allowing nine hits, walking two and striking out one.

  • Soldier reunited with his family at RedHawks game

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    National Guard staff sergeant Jason Bellar returned from a nine-month tour in Afghanistan and surprised his children at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

  • U.S. Senior Open notebook: Oak Tree hasn't changed to Jeff Sluman

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Jeff Sluman won the PGA Championship at Oak Tree in 1988, and though the golf course has been through changes good and bad over the past 26 years, he said Tuesday it looks just like he remembers it. If anything, that’s a strong testimony to the job the Oak Tree staff has done restoring the course to its prime form. “Going back 26 years, I think there's a few new tees, but the routing is the same, the shapes of the greens are the same, and like I said, the fairways right now are maybe the best fairways I have really ever seen,” Sluman said. “They're spectacular. But it is the golf course I remember with the same wind direction, and like I said, it's a very challenging golf course.

  • Super 30: Kingfisher's Kaden Jackson trying to prove he's a Division I lineman

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    KINGFISHER — For all the success the Kingfisher football program has had over the last decade, it’s hard to imagine how rare a position offensive lineman Kaden Jackson is in. Only two Yellowjacket players since 2005 have signed letters of intent with Division I schools, and Jackson is destined to add to that list. “I’m so blessed and honored to represent my town, and show that there are players like me who can go play at the major-college level,” said Jackson, who is No. 19 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top football recruits in the state. “It’s a big honor to represent Kingfisher.