• Reba, husband/manager announce their separation

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced Monday they are separating. They have been married for 26 years.

  • PARK PLACE'S PARKING SPACES: Private-public partnership provides parking for Midtown

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A private-public partnership provides parking relief for Midtown district in Oklahoma City.

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 4, 2015

  • Wildfire season is on track, officials in Arkansas say

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday that the state's late-summer wildfire season is "on schedule" this year, with temperatures climbing and forecasters predicting little rain in the near future. As of Monday, five counties had issued burn bans amid the increasing threat. Officials in Chicot, Faulkner, Garland, Howard and Jefferson counties told residents to avoid burning items outside. Heavy rains have helped suppress the wildfire threat, but the National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to climb over the next two weeks, while rainfall totals should be lower. "We're a little bit better than we could be. Humidity has been our saving grace," said Adriane Barnes, a

  • Greek stock market reopens amid panic, huge bloodbath

    By DEREK GATOPOULOS and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece — Greece suffered its worst stock market bloodbath in decades on Monday, when it opened after a forced five-week closure, and new data showed a dismal outlook for the bailout-dependent country's shrinking economy. The main stock index shed over 22 percent just minutes into the opening, as investors got their first opportunity since late June to react to the latest twists in the country's nearly six-year economic drama. The index closed 16.2 percent lower, with bank shares hitting or nearing the daily trading limit of a 30 percent loss. Collectively, Greek-listed companies lost about a sixth of their market value — almost 8 billion euros ($8.7 billion).

  • OKC Energy FC Notebook

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Energy set to host Galaxy II Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts L.A. Galaxy II on Tuesday at Taft Stadium in a makeup game from May 9, when Los Angeles requested the game be postponed due to the threat of severe weather. The Energy (8-5-7, 31 points) is in fifth place in the United Soccer League Western Conference after winning Friday against Arizona, snapping a seven game winless streak. The Galaxy (11-6-3, 36 points) come into the match in second place after falling to Colorado Springs on Friday. The Energy has never beaten Los Angeles, though the teams played to a 1-1 draw on July 5, the only meeting between the clubs this season. Fans who purchased tickets to the May 9 match can use those for

  • Former OSU wrestler Smith discusses his standout career

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Former Cowboys great Pat Smith entered the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night. I truly enjoyed talking to Pat, who must rank as one of the elite few collegiate wrestlers in OSU’s illustrious history. He is the school’s only four-time NCAA champ and started his string by winning as a true freshman, a very difficult feat. He closed his career on a 98-match winning streak. Pat’s greatest assets — work ethic and confidence — really came through in my conversation with him.

  • Gray to make MLB debut

    By Nick Groke The Denver Post | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Glenallen Hill called Jon Gray into the cramped visiting manager’s office in Fresno on Sunday evening. The Albuquerque Isotopes skipper delivered the news, but without saying a word. “He handed me a plane ticket,” Gray said at Coors Field on Monday afternoon. “Do you know what this means?” Hill asked. “Yeah,” Gray said. “Don’t change. Just go up there and be yourself.” Gray, the Rockies’ prized pitching prospect, will make his much anticipated major league debut Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field. The No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013 out of the University of Oklahoma had no indication he was getting called up. “It was crazy. I was not expecting it,” Gray

  • Media notebook

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    ‘College GameDay’ to make season debut in Fort Worth ESPN’s “College GameDay,” college football’s longest running pregame show, will begin the season for the second straight year from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (8-11 a.m. Saturdays) will open Sept. 5 in advance of the neutral-site game from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, matching No. 17 Wisconsin against No. 7 Alabama on ABC’s “Saturday Night Football.” Entering a new era on “College GameDay,” Rece Davis takes over full-time hosting duties from longtime host Chris Fowler when the crew takes to the road opening weekend.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Tuesday, August 4

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Tuning in TUESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. New Orleans at OKC KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Philadelphia KTOK-AM 1000 6 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m. Houston at Texas FSOK (Cox 37) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m. Real Madrid vs. Tottenham H. ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m. Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan ESPN2 (Cox 28) WNBA 9 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles ESPN2 (Cox 28) BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. Big League World Series ESPN2 (Cox 28) FASTPITCH SOFTBALL 6 p.m. Dallas vs. USSSA CBSS (Cox 249) BICYCLING 2 p.m. Tour of Utah FS1 (Cox 67) WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Colorado Spr.

  • U.S. expands campaign in Syria to support rebels

    By Patrick J. McDonnell and W. J. Hennigan Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) | Updated: 12 hr ago

    LEBANON | BEIRUT — U.S. officials Monday confirmed an expanded bombing campaign in Syria that increases the risk of confrontation with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, possibly drawing Washington more deeply into that country’s punishing four-year war. The Obama administration authorized the Pentagon to use force to help defend a small, U.S.-trained Syrian rebel unit against other insurgent factions — or against fighters allied with the Syrian government, officials said. U.S. war planes already struck last week, bombarding al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels who had attacked the Pentagon-backed force. Until now, the U.S.

  • Good news: College football starts a month from today

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The long hot summer is not over. Not even close. But the respite of football is near. A month from today, Sept. 3, football season starts. Starts as in games. College football kicks off that night, with 19 games. Virtually half of them, nine, are games against Division I-AA opponents, so they hardly count. Of the 10 remaining, two are void of Power 5 conference members (Ohio at Idaho (ugh) and Florida International at Central Florida. Of the eight remaining, only three match teams from Power 5 conferences. But heck, it’s a Thursday night. It’s not like you can watch wall-to-wall football. Three really good games are plenty for a Thursday night. So a month from today, here’s what you have to look forward to: 1.

  • Judge: St. Louis residents don't need vote on stadium funds

    By JIM SALTER Associated Press | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    ST. LOUIS — The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project. St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague. He also ruled that the stadium plan does not break a state law requiring it to be "adjacent" to the city's convention center, even though several blocks separate the two sites. Frawley ruled that Missouri courts have determined that "adjacent" simply

  • Morning roundup

    FROM WIRE REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Yujeong Son shares lead at Junior PGA Championship Yujeong Son matched the women’s course record with a 7-under 64 on Monday to take the first-round lead in the Junior PGA Championship, and U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree topped the boys’ leaderboard at 66. The 14-year-old Son, from Norman, had eight birdies and a bogey to tie the Miramont Country Club women’s record set in the event last year by Ellen Takada. “It was a good round overall and my putting was great,” Son said. “I was hitting my iron shots really close and I had chances for birdie that I eventually made.” Fai Khamborn of Cincinnati was second after a 67. Austin Eckroat of Edmond was a stroke

  • District 6A-I-2 football preview

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Coaches buzzing about Southmoore The results of the District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll show exactly where Southmoore is predicted to finish in the district, but it doesn’t accurately reflect opposing coaches’ curiosity about the SaberCats. A team that started multiple freshmen and sophomores last season, Southmoore has generated as much buzz as any team in Class 6A early in the preseason. Sophomore Casey Thompson returns at quarterback, with another sophomore, Brey Walker, at offensive tackle. Walker, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, already has scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Arkansas. “They’re scary right now, and not just because of those young guys,” one

  • OU football notebook

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Utah State taking on Sooner look Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will have plenty of familiar faces around him this season at Utah State. At least two coaches and a player from Heupel’s time at OU have joined him in Logan, Utah. Former Sooners players and graduate assistants Joey Halzle and Jon Cooper have taken similar roles on Utah State’s staff. Heupel, who was fired at OU after last season’s struggles, is the Aggies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fullback Joe Palange, a walk-on fullback, announced last week that he would be transferring to Utah State.

  • OSU football camp: Opening Day primer

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Dates to know • First day of practice: Tuesday • Media/Fan Day: Saturday • Season opener: Sept. 3 at Central Michigan Last season • Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 Big 12 • Bowl: Beat Washington, 30-22, in the Cactus Bowl Returning starters Offense (9) • QB Mason Rudolph (So.) • WR James Washington (So.) • WR Brandon Sheperd (Sr.) • WR David Glidden (Sr.) • WR Jhajuan Seales (Jr.) • LT Victor Salako (Jr.)* • LG Michael Wilson (Jr.) • C Paul Lewis (Jr.) • RT Zach Crabtree (So.) • TE/FB Jeremy Seaton (Sr.) * played last season at UAB Defense

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers push win streak to five

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The Dodgers came from behind to beat New Orleans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

  • Big Ten’s new scheduling model further hurts Big 12

    By Berry Tramel Staff Writer btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The Big Ten’s new 1910 football scheduling philosophy — at least one game against a fellow Power 5 conference opponent, nine conference games, one conference championship game and zero games against I-AA opponents — goes into effect in 2016 and lifts the status of a league already enjoying the momentum of Ohio State’s 2014 national championship. And the Big Ten’s 1910 push further erodes the Big 12’s status. The Big 12 has touted its round-robin scheduling model since going to 10 members for the 2011 football season. But that’s a bragging right that has little cachet outside the minds of a few coaches and marketing agencies that keep proving to be out of touch with the college football landscape.

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame notebook

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Johnny Bench honored again Johnny Bench was inducted into the Oklahoma sports Hall of Fame in 1990. But he returned Monday night to receive the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. “It’s quite overwhelming,” Bench said. “Everyone knows how proud I am to be an Oklahoman. Every time I come back to the state, I’m even more proud. I was in awe today. I’ve achieved a lot. But man, these people that were introduced are people I’ve admired and respected and followed. “You don’t know how many times I’ve pulled Oklahoma State to beat Iowa State in wrestling, how many times I’ve pulled for Oklahoma.” Bench said his cab driver Sunday night asked Bench which side of Bedlam he