• Seniors want to go out with Big 12 title

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 13 hr ago

    There aren't many players remaining at Oklahoma who were contributors to the Sooners' shared Big 12 championship in 2012. But for that small group, a win Saturday in Bedlam would give them conference titles to bookend their careers. “I was thinking about that the other day,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “It's crazy to think about. I hope we do finish this thing out strong and play like I know that we can. It would be something special for our seniors to go out with a win and a championship.” Shepard had 45 catches for 621 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. Other current seniors who contributed on that team included wide receiver Durron Neal, linebackers Frank Shannon, Eric Striker

  • The best of the best

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Sophomore running back Samaje Perine has quickly worked his way up Oklahoma's career rushing lists, and is positioning himself to make a run at becoming one of the greatest backs in school history. Here's a look at OU's all-time leading rushers and where they were after their sophomore seasons.

  • Accuser testifies she was threatened with jail if she didn't give ex-cop sex

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The 10th accuser in the trial against a fired Oklahoma City police officer testified Wednesday he threatened her with arrest if she didn't submit to sex. "He told me, 'I'm going to be serious with you ... you're going to have to give me sex or I'm taking (you) to jail,'" the woman testified. The woman regularly wiped sweat from her forehead and tears from her eyes during her testimony. "I thought I better do what he asked me or I was going to jail," she said. The former officer, Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 28, of Oklahoma City, is on trial in Oklahoma County District Court. He is charged with 36 counts, including six counts of first-degree rape. Prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted 13 women between December 2013

  • Federal lawsuit accuses DHS of wrongdoing

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Updated: 11 hr ago

    TULSA — A state Department of Human Services supervisor is accused of ordering employees to warn a Delaware County couple — now criminally charged with multiple counts of child abuse — of upcoming home inspections, according to a federal lawsuit. Named as defendants in the 25-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. Northern District Court of Oklahoma is the state of Oklahoma and DHS. It was filed on behalf of nine children who were either adopted by Jerry and Deidre Matthews or placed in their care through DHS. The Matthewses, who were honored as DHS Adoptive Parents of the Year in 2006, also are named as defendants in the lawsuit. In addition, several current and former Delaware County DHS employees are named.


    By Jason Kersey | Updated: 11 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma had already lost its Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback to a concussion, and on the third play from scrimmage after halftime last weekend against TCU, disaster appeared to strike again. Star running back Samaje Perine caught a pass out of the backfield, sprinted down the OU sideline for a gain of 16 yards before spraining his left ankle on his way to the turf. He rolled around in pain and remained sidelined for the next several minutes. But on the Sooners' next drive, after second-team running back Joe Mixon also sprained an ankle, Perine returned to the game. He didn't record any touches on that drive or OU's next one, but when he did finally get the ball in his hands again, Perine broke free for a

  • Saturday’s OSU Senior Day honorees

    By John Helsley | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Along with the high-stakes and high-intensity of Bedlam 2015, Saturday is Senior Day for the Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU will recognize 17 seniors: DE Jimmy Bean: A three-year starter and a key defender, Bean was enjoying a big senior season before it was lost to a knee injury. RB Corey Bennett: Walk-on and valuable scout team member; ran for 91 yards and a score against Savannah State in 2012. LB Kris Catlin: Made his mark on special teams as one of the top performers on those units. WR Kameron Doolittle. Walk-on became a regular contributor on special teams and earned playing time at receiver. LS Josh Elias: Started as the Cowboys' deep snapper the past two seasons; recovered a fumble

  • Oklahoma City police surprise shoppers with gift cards

    By MATT DINGER Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police officers surprised a dozen shoppers with carts full of free groceries during the Thanksgiving rush. Members of Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 came equipped with 10 $100 gift cards to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2217 NW 23. Store managers got in the holiday spirit and donated two more $100 gift cards. Uniformed police officers were on hand to dispense the cards to random shoppers at the registers Tuesday night. Walter Click was one of the shoppers. As police approached him, he held out his hands in mock surrender before accepting the gift. “This actually took me by surprise. I actually just walked in here to get one or two things,” Click said.

  • NFL notebook

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Former Dallas, OSU running back Randle arrested at Kansas casino Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested after an altercation at a Kansas casino. Randle, a former OSU standout, was asked to leave the Kansas Star casino in Mulvane on Tuesday night after causing some unspecified concerns. Randle left, but returned and got into a scuffle with security. The Sumner County attorney's office said Wednesday that no formal charges have been filed, and he remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. He was booked on suspicion of criminal threat, assault of a law enforcement officer, battery, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and interference with a law enforcement officer.

  • Reining horse futurity opens Thursday

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The National Reining Horse Association Futurity opens Thanksgiving Day and continues through Dec. 5 at State Fair Park. Hundreds of equestrians will compete for nearly $2 million in cash and prizes in open, non-pro and youth events. The 50th anniversary of the running of the futurity is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Cox Pavilion. Competitions start at 8 a.m. most days. For a complete schedule, go to nrhafuturity.com.

  • Newborn baby left at urgent care clinic

    By Corey Jones Tulsa World corey.jones@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    TULSA — An unidentified woman left a newborn whose umbilical cord was still attached at a midtown urgent care facility Tuesday night. Tulsa police were summoned at 9:14 p.m. to Access Urgent Care, 1623 S Utica Ave., on a report of an abandoned infant. Dispatchers reported the newborn's umbilical cord was still attached. A nurse told officers a woman approached her holding an infant wrapped in a towel, saying she was homeless and unable to care for the child. The woman handed over the baby and left, police said. “By all accounts, the baby was considered ‘healthy' by medical staff,” police Sgt. Brett Bilyeu said in a news release. Doctors believe the infant was born Monday, Bilyeu said. The baby was taken to

  • Planned Parenthood again sues Texas over efforts to block Medicaid funding

    By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press | Updated: 12 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in other states while lawsuits play out. Texas plans to kick Planned Parenthood out of the state's Medicaid program by Dec. 8. The lawsuit filed in Austin begins another legal showdown between Texas and abortion providers. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments over a 2013 law that abortion rights groups say would leave about 10 abortion clinics open statewide.

  • KD, Russ cut down Nets late

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Who knew the “D” in three-and-D could also stand for something other than defense? The Brooklyn Nets had little answer for the 3-pointers or the dunkfest from the Thunder in a 110-99 win Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City's third win in a row. The dunks came early, with Russell Westbrook as the main culprit, the finisher and the creator. Westbrook scored eight of his 27 points on jams and three of his game-high 13 assists were finished via setting up teammates for easy flushes. The 3-pointers, however, came late. The Thunder was hovering around 35 percent in the first half from deep, but converted on 50 percent in the fourth quarter alone to dispatch the Nets' woeful defense, which allowed the

  • Norman notes

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com   | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Let the holidays begin Norman's 24th annual holiday celebration will begin Dec. 4 at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St. Activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and a tree lighting will occur at 6 p.m. The event will feature free hot chocolate and cookies, inflatables, musical performances and photos with Santa Claus, if you bring your own camera. Festivities will continue from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 with breakfast with Santa at the Norman Senior Citizens Center, 329 S Peters Ave. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the city's Parks and Recreation Department, 201-C W Gray St., or at the Twelfth Avenue Recreation Center, 1701 12th Ave. NE. Tickets should be purchased by Dec. 1.

  • Preparing a plethora of palatable pastries

    By Adam Kemp  Staff Writer akemp@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Pies find a home on nearly every surface of the tiny two- table restaurant. Extra refrigerators have been trucked in, storage closets turned into pie hutches, even the men's restroom was considered (and then quickly discarded) as a possibility for more pie space.  As Pie Junkie prepared to open its doors Wednesday morning for the greatest mad dash for pumpkin, pecan and apple the northwest Oklahoma City business has ever seen, so ended one hectic, but delicious week of prep for the people responsible for making many families' Thanksgiving dessert. “It's a ton of work and we are exhausted at the end,” general manager Emily Hummel said earlier this week as she made her way to her laptop to mark off another completed

  • Forward McGary fine after Monday’s ankle sprain

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Late in the Thunder's win on Monday night, forward Mitch McGary went down with what looked like a painful left ankle sprain. But apparently the twist wasn't that severe. McGary felt better on Wednesday morning and was active for OKC's game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Though he didn't play in the Thunder win, McGary was seen in pregame warmups rising up for windmill dunks, showing no ill effects.  “It wasn't as bad as we first thought it would be,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. KD QUICK TRIGGER After practice much of last season, Anthony Morrow enlisted an assistant coach to navigate him through a post-workout shooting routine.

  • UNLV hangs on to upset No. 13 Indiana

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Patrick McCaw scored 20 points and UNLV hung on through the frantic final seconds for a 72-69 victory over No. 13 Indiana on Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Runnin' Rebels (5-1) bounced back from their opening loss to UCLA with wins over Chaminade and the Hoosiers (4-2), who leave Hawaii with just one win. Indiana trailed by 15 points in the first half and turned on some solid defense to get back in the game. The Hoosiers closed to 55-53 with 8:20 to play. The Runnin' Rebels then went on a 12-1 spurt, with McCaw scoring seven of the points, including a run-closing 3. The Hoosiers weren't done. They got within three points twice in the final 30 seconds.

  • NBA Notebook

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    76ers tie longest losing streak The Philadelphia 76ers found a way to tie the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history. Blowing a late five-point lead in an 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, the 76ers tumbled to their 26th straight loss and 16th in a row to start the season. Philadelphia tied the major U.S. professional sports futility mark set by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 and matched by the 76ers in 2013-14. They are two losses away from tying the then-New Jersey Nets' NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. “How many streaks have I been a part of?” 76ers third-year coach Brett Brown said. “I'm numb to it.

  • Task force wants an extension of Edmond's half-cent sales tax

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    EDMOND — A 21-member Capital Improvement Advisory Task Force formed by the mayor made a recommendation this week to extend the five-year, half-cent public safety center sales tax for another 10 years to pay for capital improvements. The recommendation comes with a list of suggested capital improvement projects the task force would like to see completed. If approved by the city council, residents would vote next year on whether to extend the half-cent tax and renew a penny sales tax already assessed for operation of the general fund. The tax rate in Edmond would remain at 8.25 percent, with the city getting 3.75 percent of tax collections. “We had a highly engaged group of 21 people,” said Jill

  • State briefs

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Statewide Troops can get holiday meals Military families can now register online to receive a free holiday meal in December from Operation Homefront. The national nonprofit will distribute holiday meals to the families of active-duty, active guard and reserve, and post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured on Dec. 10 through its Holiday Meals for Military program. Families must register beforehand at https://events.operationhomefront.net/member/login. Each meal kit will include all the grocery items necessary for a full holiday meal. For more information about the program and how to volunteer or donate to the cause, go to www.HolidayMealsFor Military.org.

  • In brief

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Officials release names in apparent murder-suicide MOORE — Authorities have released the names of a man and woman who apparently died in a murder-suicide. The bodies of Victoria Pintor Campos, 54, and Joseph Gonzales, 34, were found Sunday in an apartment in Moore, the state medical examiner's office confirmed. The deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the case. The bodies were found at 2404 Nottingham about 6:15 p.m. Sunday.