• OU pulls away late in win over TCU

    By Trent Crabtree For The Oklahoman | Updated: 6 hr ago

    NORMAN — Poor shooting starts have plagued Oklahoma women's basketball team this season. Losses to North Texas and at Oklahoma State come to mind. It happened again Saturday against TCU, only this time it wasn't fatal. The Sooners beat the Horned Frogs 77-64 at Lloyd Noble Center, jumping out to a 10-2 lead then struggling to find a rhythm against TCU's zone defense. OU went 2-of-12 from three-point range in the first half then pulled away with a series of scoring runs. The most important of these runs came with 8:04 left in the game. Down 55-52, the Sooners outscored the Horned Frogs 15-3 over the next five minutes. Shooting 67 percent in the second half helped.

  • Nation world briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Mardi Gras winds down LOUISIANA | NEW ORLEANS  — The Mardi Gras season entered its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before its end at midnight Fat Tuesday, when Ash Wednesday ushers in the period of Lent leading to Easter. The super Krewe of Bacchus, known for its spectacle, plans to roll on its traditional St. Charles Avenue route Sunday evening with 31 floats and 1,400 riders. Krewe captain Clark Brennan said this year's parade takes the title “Flights of Delight.” Clark said keep an eye out for floats such as “Soaring in a Hot Air Balloon,” “When Pigs Fly,” “Mary Poppins” and “Flying Saucers.

  • College basketball roundup

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Big 12 Men No. 7 Kansas 75, at TCU 56: Perry Ellis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks. OKC native Chauncey Collins had 10 for TCU. at Texas 69, Texas Tech 59: Javan Felix scored 20 points and surging Texas beat Texas Tech as the Longhorns got their seventh win in eight games. at No. 14 West Virginia 80, No. 15 Baylor 69: Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia wtih 20 points, Devin Williams scored 16 and Nathan Adrian had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Mountaineers improved to 8-2 in Big 12 play. Top 10 Men at Notre Dame 80, No. 2 North Carolina 76: Bonzie Colson and Demetrius Jackson each scored 19 points to lead Notre Dame in the upset win. Marcus Paige scored 21 to lead North

  • OK Capitol Boxscore

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    State refuses Satan exhibit A Florida man filed a request with the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services to erect a Satan exhibit in the Capitol rotunda. “It was received and denied,” said OMES spokesman John Estus. “The applicant has made hoax applications before that led to wastes of taxpayer time and resources.” The name of the display was “In Satan We Trust 2016” and included a black cross with an upside-down, red-outlined representation of a person on it. Road funding challenge due The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will have its monthly meeting  Monday, where Mike Patterson, the department's executive director, will speak about state funding challenges.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder fall short late in tough loss to the Warriors

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — After a first half Warriors avalanche nearly buried the Thunder, defense, of all things, clawed OKC back in it. The Splash Brothers weren't splashing, an electric crowd, which hadn't experienced a home loss in more than a calendar year, tightened up and the Thunder had it tied with 3:25 left. But down the stretch of OKC's 116-108 loss on Saturday night, an old issue reappeared against the league's best team. The Thunder's offense, which has blasted teams at an incredible rate the past six weeks, isolated and stalled. Russell Westbrook missed a layup with 3:09 left that would have given the Thunder a brief lead. On the next possession, Kevin Durant had a chance to do the same.

  • Spangler tweaks knee in loss

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Early in Big 12 play, Ryan Spangler's knee was a concern after Oklahoma's senior forward banged knees with Iowa State's Matt Thomas in the conference opener and then reaggravated the injury a couple of games later. Saturday in an 80-69 loss at Kansas State, Spangler once again had a setback with the knee, but this one didn't come from contact. “I jumped on it wrong or something,” Spangler said. “I don't know what happened.” Spangler landed awkwardly after missing a layup in the game's opening minute and was hobbled, but stayed in the game until nearly midway through the first half before leaving. He received some treatment on the bench and returned shortly thereafter, playing 37 minutes.

  • ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ coming to Norman

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    'College GameDay' will air at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Lloyd Noble Center in advance of 1:30 p.m. game Saturday

  • K-State takes it to Sooners in upset

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jump shots weren't falling for No. 1 Oklahoma. Buddy Hield went cold until a late spurt that proved too little, too late. Foul trouble and rebounding hurt the Sooners inside. The result was an 80-69 loss to Kansas State on Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum. “We got beat by a club that outfought us, and worked harder, and was more energetic to loose balls and more active,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “All night long they were quicker to loose balls coming off the boards or loose balls in the paint. They played well. … We didn't do what we had to do to win a road game against a good club that's playing well.

  • OC’s Moon scores 50, goes perfect 20-for-20

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma Christian junior John Moon had one of those can't-miss games Saturday night. So much the former Crescent standout never did. Moon scored 50 points on a perfect 20 of 20 night to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 104-92 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Moon played all but one minute of action on Saturday adding 10 of 13 makes from the free-throw line and pulling down eight rebounds. The 7-footer is averaging 22.6 points per game this season. His previous best was 38 points earlier this year. Moon broke three school records on the night. 50 points broke the previous Oklahoma Christian record of 44 scored by Norvell Brown against Rockhurst in 1981. Moon also broke school records for

  • Durant refers to “uncertainty” when downplaying free agency questions

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — In prefacing a pregame question regarding free agency, a reporter said to Kevin Durant, “I'm sure in most cities you go, people ask you about free agency…” “Actually, they don't,” Durant cut him off. But in Oakland, following the recent rumors about the Warriors as a potential landing spot, he had to know they were coming. And they did. Durant, predictably, downplayed the topic. “It's hard not to enter your mind, there's a lot of uncertainty with what's going on because I haven't really thought that far,” Durant said. “But I just try to focus on playing basketball, man. That's what my thought process is always focused on. When that time comes, I'll make that decision.

  • Deaths

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ARDMORE Ausbrooks, Bill Denton, 81, chief locksmith, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, died Feb. 5. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Alexander, Wilson). CANTON Jantzen, Kenneth, 72, farmer, died Feb. 5. Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Canton Cemetery (Haigler-Pierce, Canton). CARNEGIE Tawkoyty, William Israel “Izzy,” 33, died Feb. 5. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, Cedar Creek United Methodist Church (Ray and Martha's, Carnegie). CHOCTAW Beleele, Gregorey, 44, died Feb. 4. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest City). Clark, John Riley, 70, Walmart, died Feb. 5. Services 11 a.m. Monday, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland,

  • OU final 2016 commit list

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Hometown (School) Abdul Adams; RB; 6-0; 205; Durham, N.C. (Hillside) Emmanuel Beal; LB; 6-2; 215; Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Lackawanna C.C.) Amani Bledsoe; DE; 6-5; 272; Lawrence, Kan. Kapri Doucet; LB; 6-2; 225; Williamsburg, Va. (Lackawanna C.C.) Zach Farrar; WR; 6-3; 210; Southlake, Texas (Carroll) Adrian Hardy; ATH; 6-2; 185; Houston (Dekaney) Mark Jackson; DE; 6-3; 235; Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Mykel Jones; WR; 6-1; 185; Patterson, La. (Patterson) Ashton Julious; OL; 6-8; 330; Florence, SC (Lackawanna C.C.) Caleb Kelly; LB; 6-3; 214; Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West) Austin Kendall; QB; 6-2; 210; Waxhaw, N.C. (Cuthbertson) Parnell Motley; DB; 6-1;

  • OSU final 2016 commit list

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Hometown (School) Tyrell Alexander; ATH; 6-1; 169; Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster) La'Darren Brown; RB; 5-10; 178; DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) Tyler Brown; OL; 6-6; 315; Lexington Calvin Bundage; LB; -2; 193; Edmond Santa Fe Dylan Galloway; OL; 6-5; 271; Coppell, Texas (Coppell) A.J. Green; DB; 6-1; 170; DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) Devin Harper; LB; 6-1; 210; Knoxville, Tenn. (Karns) Madre Harper; DB; 6-3, 170; Arlington, Texas (Arlington Lamar) Justice Hill; RB; 5-10; 185; Tulsa (Tulsa Washington) Teven Jenkins; OL; 6-6, 300; Topeka, Kan. (Topeka) Malik Kearse; DB; 6-1; 165; Opa-Locka, Fla. (Fort Scott Community College) Matt Kegel; OL; 6-6; 295; Chaska,

  • Rubio faces barrage of attacks from rivals in Republican debate

    By JULIE PACE and JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals challenging his readiness to be president and depth of his policy expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes. Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under criticism for controversial campaign tactics, with rivals disparaging him for having “Washington ethics” and being willing to test the campaign's legal limits. The candidates faced off just three days before the New Hampshire primary, a contest that could further winnow an already shrinking GOP field. Christie vs.

  • Oklahoma teen births are declining, but slowly

    By MIKE AVERILL Tulsa World mike.averill@tulsaworld.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Efforts to reduce birth rates among teenagers are showing positive results but not enough to move Oklahoma forward in state comparisons. In fact, it's moving backward. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Oklahoma dropped one spot to 49th in the number of births to teens ages 15 to 19 with a rate of 38.5 per 1,000 teens. Only Arkansas has a higher rate at 39.5. The 38.5 birth rate in 2014 does represent a decrease of 19 percent over a two-year period. “What's happening is that the other states are declining faster,” said Mindy Roe Galoob, interim executive director with the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

  • Once a Texas Playboy, always a Texas Playboy, Oklahoman is one of the last

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICKASHA — Joe Settlemires was in his 20s when he joined “the king of Western swing,” Bob Wills, in the early 1960s. Since 1934, Wills and the Texas Playboys, a show band with fiddles, horns, drums and even a jazz guitar, had defined the face of Western swing. Their home base was in Tulsa at KVOO radio and the music was broadcast from Cain's Ballroom. Settlemires is one of the last of the Texas Playboys who toured with Wills, who died in 1975. Wills' music is still remembered in Oklahoma. The state country and western song is “Faded Love,” and every March there is a Bob Wills Day at the state Capitol. Settlemires organizes a Bob Wills day in the troubador's hometown of Turkey, Texas.

  • Veterinarian Rod Hall gets peers' top honor

    BY BRYAN PAINTER For The Oklahoman | Updated: 7 hr ago

    “Don't be afraid to work a little harder than you think you should.” Dr. Rod Hall was living that approach to life long before he started offering it as advice to young veterinarians. Hall's career as a veterinarian has spanned nearly four decades, including having served as state veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry since 2011.  His dedication to not only people but the animals he cares for was recognized as he was presented the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award during the association's 101st Annual Convention & Expo recently in Tulsa. The award is the highest honor awarded to an association member in recognition of contributions to the

  • Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

    By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NEW YORK — Scientists have mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City, then traced fragments of the nefarious pests' DNA through the subway system. In the grubby recesses of hundreds of stations, they discovered surprising genetic diversity among the bloodsucking creatures. The next step is to figure out how the information can be put to good use, such as to develop better insecticides or blood thinners. But these goals will take further medical research. For now, the focus is on two main players in New York life: the subway and bedbugs.

  • News shows

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Local stations •“The Verdict,” 9 a.m., Cox channel 3. Tim Brassfield, executive director, Oklahoma City All Sports Association. •“Flash Point,” 9:30 a.m., KFOR-4. Bob Burke, author of a new book about corruption in the Oklahoma Supreme Court in the 1960s, when those judges were elected.   National networks •CNN's “State of the Union,” 8 a.m., 11 a.m.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie and John Kasich. •ABC's “This Week,” 9 a.m., KOCO-5. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. •“Fox News Sunday,” 9 a.m., KOKH-25. Kasich, Christie; Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. •CBS' “Face

  • Once a Texas Playboy, always a Texas Playboy, Oklahoman is one of the last

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Joe Settlemires was in his 20s when he joined "the king of Western swing," Bob Wills, in the early 1960s. Settlemires is one of the last of the Texas Playboys who toured with Wills, who died in 1975.