• Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12 Tournament to get regional bid

    Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Hughes’ Sooners only have to look to last year to see that it can be done. Texas was the No. 5 seed last year — just like the Sooners this year — and swept through the field to stay alive and advance to a regional.



    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Who are the best to play in the Big 12 Tournament? Here's a team of players who went on to be the best: C — Cameron Rupp, Texas 1B — Brandon Belt, Texas 2B — Ian Kinsler, Missouri 3B — Alex Gordon, Nebraska SS — Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State OF — Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M OF — David Murphy, Baylor OF — Drew Stubbs, Texas UT — Jason Jennings, Baylor SP — Max Scherzer, Missouri SP — Michael Wacha, Texas A&M SP — Garrett Richards, Oklahoma SP — Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma SP — Chad Bettis, Texas Tech RP — Huston Street, Texas RP — A.J.

  • Big 12 baseball capsules: What you need to know about each team in the tournament

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    TEXAS TECH No. 1 seed, 40-14 overall, 19-5 Big 12 Coach: Tim Tadlock (fourth season) Ranking: No. 6 Scouting report: Texas Tech won the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time since 1997 — the league's first season. The Red Raiders were picked fifth in this preseason but rolled through the league, winning by three games. Tech won all but one conference series this season, losing a series only to Texas. It also went 8-1 against teams in its side of the bracket. The Red Raiders are third nationally with 66 double played turned. Tech has started a freshman on the mound in 39 of 54 games, but junior Ty Damron is expected to start the tournament opener. Key stat: .854 — The Red Raiders' Big


    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    A look at who's won the tournament championship through the years: Kansas: 1 – 2006 Missouri: 1 – 2012 Nebraska: 4 – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 Oklahoma: 2 – 1997, 2013 Oklahoma State: 1 – 2004 Texas: 5 – 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015 Texas A&M: 3 – 2007, 2010, 2011 Texas Tech: 1 – 1998 TCU: 1 – 2014

  • HOME AGAIN: At 20, Big 12 Tournament returns to OKC

    HOME AGAIN: At 20, Big 12 Tournament returns to...

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    For all the supposed suitors interested in stealing the tournament away, as well as the experiments spent exploring the Ballpark in Arlington and Tulsa’s ONEOK Field last year, there’s a sense that the tournament is home in Oklahoma City.

  • Did you know this about the Big 12 Tournament?

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    DID YOU KNOW? Some facts and figures as the Big 12 Tournament gets underway for the 20th time: *Bricktown Ballpark has hosted 16 of the 20 Big 12 Tournaments, including this season's event. The only other parks to host are All-Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City (1997), the Ballpark in Arlington (2002, 2004) and ONEOK Field in Tulsa (2015). *OSU won a record 23 Big Eight championships, including 16 straight in Oklahoma City from 1981 to 1996, the final year of the conference. The Cowboys' lone Big 12 title, however, came in 2004 at the Ballpark in Arlington. *Oklahoma and Texas share the Big 12 Tournament lead with 34 tournament wins since the league's inception.

  • Big 12 baseball superlatives

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    A look at some of the best performances and moments to come in the Big 12 Tournament.

  • Oklahoma governor signs bills to limit tax credits, enhance revenues

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed 14 bills into law Tuesday, including several designed to limit tax credits or enhance revenues.

  • Norman council delays vote on stormwater utility fee election

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Norman is the largest city in the state that doesn't already have a stormwater utility, the city's public works director said.

  • The Latest: Protesters overrun barricades, burn T-shirts

    The Latest: Protesters overrun barricades, burn...

    Updated: 22 min ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on campaign stops in New Mexico by Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Protesters overran police barricades and rushed the Albuquerque Convention Center where Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump was rallying supporters. Police outfitted in riot gear blocked the protesters as they tried to make their advance Tuesday evening. Protesters in the streets also started burning T-shirts and other items labeled with Trump's catch phrase, "Make America Great Again." Inside, Trump continued to speaking to thousands of supporters despite being interrupted numerous times by people who tried to derail the event. Several protesters were also escorted out

  • San Francisco retains immigrant sanctuary protections

    San Francisco retains immigrant sanctuary...

    Updated: 28 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco leaders have retained strict protections for people who are in the country illegally, with clarifications. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday for a measure calling for law officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the past seven years. The measure also allows leeway for the city's sheriff to consider contacting federal immigration authorities in the cases of defendants charged with a felony if they have been convicted of other crimes in the past. The vote Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors came nearly a year after a Mexican national was accused of killing a

  • Bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang baseball coach, district

    Bullying lawsuit filed against Mustang baseball...

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: 41 min ago

    A senior who graduated Friday has filed a lawsuit in Canadian County District Court and is suing Mustang Public Schools and the high school's head baseball coach. Riley Thomas claims the "bullying and harassing" began during the 2014-15 school year, and he was cut before the past season because he was forced to tryout while he was injured.

  • School district budget woes prompt dozens of layoffs

    School district budget woes prompt dozens of...

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    More than 90 people who work for Oklahoma City Public Schools will lose their jobs as part of a plan to restructure the district's operations department. The employees, many of them maintenance and transportation workers, were notified Friday they will not be retained for the 2016-17 school year. In all, 106 operations employees will be affected by layoffs or fewer hours. In a letter to school district staff dated May 20, acting Superintendent Aurora Lora said the reduction in force "will affect 93 people, and 13 positions will see reduced hours." "We estimate that through restructuring and reducing the district's dependency on outside firms we will save just over $1 million," Lora said.

  • LIVE: Thunder vs. Warriors

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Follow live coverage from the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Under proposed budget, Oklahoma mental health services will remain limited

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Low-income Oklahomans in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment will continue to face barriers to care, a result of the Legislature's failure to invest in the state mental health system, a mental health leader said Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma insurers have raised rates as much as 300 percent for earthquake polices

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak held a public hearing Tuesday morning to decide whether Oklahoma's earthquake insurance market has become uncompetitive. Doak will use the information to decide whether to place increased regulation on earthquake insurance writers in the state.

  • Is this 2-1 deficit different for the Warriors?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    These Golden State Warriors have been down before. En route to the NBA championship last season, the Warriors trailed 2-1 to both Memphis in the West semifinals and Cleveland in the NBA Finals. So Golden State won’t panic just because it trails the Thunder 2-1 in these Western Conference finals. “Pretty much exactly the same,” Warrior coach Steve Kerr said. “You're down 2-1, you're in a hole. You've got to win on the road, so it's the same feeling.” Except it’s not. The Grizzlies and Cavaliers took 2-1 leads by playing big, slowing down and mashing the smallish Warriors. Memphis beat Golden State 97-90 in Oakland in Game 2, then won 99-89 in Game 3. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph

  • Escaped inmate is returned to Oklahoma County jail

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County inmate who escaped from the jail Sunday would have been freed the next day had he stayed in jail. Now, he faces escape charges.

  • Oklahoma softball: What you need to know about the Norman Super Regional against Louisiana-Lafayette

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma (50-7): OU rolled to three victories in regional play — Wichita State (7-2), Ole Miss (9-1), Ole Miss (3-0) — to advance to Super Regionals for a seventh-straight year. The program's 25-straight wins is four behind the all-time mark, 29, set in 2005. Sophomore left-hander Paige Parker is 31-3 on the season with 13 shutouts. Louisiana-Lafayette (46-7): ULL defeated Boston (9-5), Texas (9-1) and Texas A&M (9-8) in the Lafayette Regional. The Ragin Cajuns last faced OU in the 2014 WCWS and lost 3-1. This time around, they're led by sophomore catcher Lexie Elkins' .505 batting average, 18 home runs and 48 runs batted in. GAME ONE When: 8 p.m.

  • Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore outfielder Nicole Pendley heats up as Sooners extend win streak to 25 games

    Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore...

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    NORMAN — Nicole Pendley doesn't believe in superstition. At least not the sports-centric kind that might explain Oklahoma's 25-game win streak as hosts of Super Regional play against Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday and Friday. The Sooners have a specific cheer after their practices before games, but the sophomore outfielder simply says “we've become a better team as the year went on.” That was the certainly the case for Pendley in OU's collective three-game sweep over Wichita State and Ole Miss last weekend as she crushed two home runs. She sat down with The Oklahoman to discuss a variety of topics. Q. Have you had a chance to evaluate ULL film? A. "We actually jumped on board last night. Started doing our