• OU men's basketball: OU returns home to play a hot Texas club

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The Sooners are 0-2 this season in Big Monday games. That’s the bad news. The good news? Both of those games came on the road in two of the toughest road environments in not only the Big 12 but the nation — Kansas on Jan. 4 and Iowa State on Jan. 18.

  • Westmoore's Ashley Gomez commits to Xavier

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Westmoore senior sharpshooter Ashley Gomez made her college decision Sunday. Gomez verbally committed to Xavier, she announced on her Twitter page. “Blessed and honored to announce that I have verbally committed to play basketball at Xavier University,” she tweeted. Gomez averaged 16.9 points as a junior and was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team. She is off to another stellar season, this time leading Westmoore to a No. 4 ranking. She also had offers from the University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State.

  • OSU basketball: For Cowboys, it's a tough time for transition

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    It’s a tough time to be in transition in the Big 12, where five teams rank in the top 16 and another — streaking Texas — bids to break in and seventh-place Kansas State can knock off No.1 Oklahoma.

  • OSU women's basketball: Brittney Martin scores 32 in Cowgirls’ sixth straight win

    By Jordan Bishop, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Oklahoma State whipped Texas Tech 70-57 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Nailed it! Lady Gaga's national anthem is total perfection

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Touchdown for Lady Gaga! The pop star gave us goosebumps when she kicked off Super Bowl 50 Sunday night, powering through (and totally slaying) The Star-Spangled Banner. Mother Monster has toned down the outlandish fashion as of late, but she still brought bold, patriotic style to Levi's Stadium: rocking a custom Gucci pantsuit and high-heel platforms, with teased-up hair, red eyeshadow and blue fingernails.

  • OKC Thunder: Five takeaways from the Thunder’s first game against the Warriors

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Round 2 comes on Feb. 27 in Oklahoma City. But here are five takeaways from Round 1:

  • Red Lobster Responds to Beyonce’s Shout Out in New Song

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The Beyhive is not impressed. Following Beyoncé ’s surprise release of her brand new single, “Formation,” on Saturday, February 6, fans of the singer eagerly awaited Red Lobster’s reaction to her racy shout out. The restaurant chain replied to Beyoncé’s mention several hours later, with a tame tweet. “‘Cheddar Bey Biscuits’ has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?" the restaurant posted along with a photo of the delectable side dish.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Monday, February 8

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NBA; 7 p.m.; Orlando at Atlanta; NBATV (Cox 256) 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City at Phoenix; FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL; 6 p.m.; New Jersey at New York Rangers; NHLNET (Cox 263) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL; 6 p.m.; Oklahoma State at TCU; ESPNU (Cox 253)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m.; Louisville at Duke; ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m.; St. John's at Georgetown; FS1 (Cox 67) 6:30 p.m.; Colgate at Army; CBSS (Cox 249) 8 p.m.; Texas at Oklahoma; ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7 8 p.m.; Notre Dame at Clemson; ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL; 6 p.m.; Connecticut at South Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Arkansas; SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m.; Maryland at Ohio

  • Are drought conditions in the American Southwest here to stay?

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    A new study suggests that dry conditions in the southwestern United States, including the ongoing California drought, may become standard. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, analyzes weather types to demonstrate how the American Southwest has already shifted to a much drier climate system than it once had, along with showing a downward trend in overall precipitation. The research, which uses data from 1979 to 2014 collected from across the contiguous United States, could show that the dry pattern will continue into the future. “A normal year in the Southwest is now drier than it once was,” said Andreas Prein, the leader of the study and a research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in a release from the center.

  • The Collected Wisdom of R.W. McQuarters

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    R.W. McQuarters Former Booker T. Washington, OSU and NFL Standout Age: 39 Hometown: Tulsa When R.W. McQuarters' picked off Tony Romo in the end zone with nine seconds left in a 2007 NFC Playoff game, the Giants stayed alive on their run to a ring. A few weeks later, McQuarters and the Giants finished it with what ranks as one of sport's biggest upsets, taking down the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42. The Pats entered as a 12-point favorite. Before that, McQuarters was a three-sport star at Booker T. Washington and a key player in Oklahoma State's rise to relevance. He famously didn't go to Oklahoma, due in part to Howard Schnellenberger.

  • Fire marshal: Four dead in mobile home fire in Ketchum, including two children

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    KETCHUM — A late night fire has taken the lives of three generations of one family, said Sam Schaffnitt, assistant State Marshal on Sunday. The fatalities are a 66-year-old grandmother, her son who is around 35 or 38 years old and two grandchildren, ages 12 and 14, Schaffnitt said. “Two investigators are on the scene,” Schaffnitt said regarding the investigation.

  • OU Football: Evaluating OU's class of 2017, re-evaluating the meaning of commitment

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    NORMAN — There's an old recruiting maxim uttered by dozens of college football coaches through the years: It's like shaving; do it every day or, pretty soon, you'll look like a bum. That's why there's no rest for coaches around the country, despite having just signed their 2016 classes Wednesday. It's on to 2017, and Oklahoma is already off to its best start in years. The Sooners have five commitments, each ranked among the nation's top 250 prospects by Rivals.com.

  • OSU Football: DeSoto teammates L.D. Brown and A.J. Green bring speed, length

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    STILLWATER — L.D. Brown and A.J. Green never planned on being teammates beyond DeSoto High School. Brown had scholarship offers to play running back at places like Arizona State and Oregon State. Green, a cornerback, had Louisville, Missouri and Wisconsin among his options. Everything changed in Stillwater, Brown said. “We took our official (to OSU) at the same time and we both just knew right then and there, ‘Oh yeah, we're going here.'” Only six of 21 players in OSU's signing class hail from Texas. But the addition of Brown and Green gives the Cowboys two dynamic playmakers from one of the Lone Star state's most prolific programs.

  • Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan and who scores the most against every NBA franchise

    Erik Horne | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Golden State Warriors want no part of facing Kevin Durant. With 40 points Saturday, Durant upped his career points per game against Golden State to 30.6 in 28 games – the highest points per game average of any player in NBA history against the Warriors. // Durant has the highest points per game average in NBA history against the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Indiana Pacers. Only Michael Jordan (14 teams) and Wilt Chamberlain (6) can claim the highest scoring average against more teams than Durant. Here’s who else has scored the most points per game against each NBA franchise (minimum 10 games; statistics via statmuse.com): Atlanta

  • Why Bernie Sanders Can't Govern

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    At this polarized moment, it's incremental change or nothing.

  • Larry David turns into Bernie Sanders in SNL's 'Bern Your Enthusiasm'

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    It doesn't take much for Larry David to impersonate Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders — after all, both are balding, somewhat grouchy old Jewish men from Brooklyn.

  • Bob Marley weed launches in a cloud of controversy

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Marley Natural, the New York marijuana startup funded with Silicon Valley money, has come out with a line of weed strains branded in the name of late reggae icon and vehement anti-capitalist Bob Marley.

  • Clinton's margin of victory shrinks to 0.25 after Iowa audit

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    The audit discovers 5 errors.

  • NASA discovers icebergs on Pluto

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Pluto has icebergs, NASA revealed today. By analyzing data and images returned by the New Horizons spacecraft, scientists determined that these icebergs are actually very large.

  • Ted Cruz and the Art of the Dirty Trick - The New Yorker

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    When Donald Trump said that Ted Cruz “stole” the Iowa caucus, Cruz tried to dismiss it as a “Trumpertantrum.” But there are problems with Cruz’s story.