• Names released in Oklahoma lake fatalities

    By Sheila Stogsdill For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The names of two people who died in boating accidents during the holiday weekend were released Monday by Grand River Dam Authority spokesman Justin Alberty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career.

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The 55th overall draft pick out of Xavier in 2014 followed up a 14-point, 10 assist effort against Charlotte in Saturday’s opener with a 12-point, nine-assist performance in the Thunder’s 73-65 win over The Orlando Magic’s Blue team on Monday.

  • Second fatal officer-involved shooting since Saturday reported in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 22 min ago

    Tyler Rogers, 20, was shot by 16-year police veteran Sgt. Jeff Lunow, Oklahoma City police reported Monday.

  • How could Kevin Durant possibly be a better teammate?

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    A better teammate? Durant is an all-NBA ballplayer but an all-world teammate. He’s the guy who reaches out to newcomers and who bounces off the bench even with a gimpy leg to cheer on his pals and who plays peacemaker when emotions run wild in combustible competition.

  • Alex woman dies after Grady County wreck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Catrina Bertelson, 35, of Alex, Oklahoma, died Monday in a rollover wreck on a Grady County road, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Monday with No. 20 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 24. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20.

  • Super 30: Jace Webb has college recruiters flocking to Hollis

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    HOLLIS -- Jace Webb is the biggest football recruit to come out of Hollis since Darrell Royal. Figuratively and literally. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, college football coaches are salivating over Webb’s size and athletic ability for a big lineman. “Big, athletic, physical,” Hollis coach Reade Box said of Webb. “He’s a starter on the basketball team. Made state in the shot and discus. He is a big, agile kid and has got some skills on him. He is an all-around good athlete, not just a big lineman.” Webb is No. 20 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top high school football recruits in the state. He already has scholarship offers from Army, Wyoming, North Texas, Louisville, Arkansas, Ohio and Tulsa.

  • More rain, flooding possible this week across still-soaked Oklahoma

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday night for much of Oklahoma, and part of central Oklahoma could have rainfall totals from four to six inches Monday afternoon through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

  • Body of boy, 5, who drowned was recovered from Cimarron River Sunday night, authorities report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 50 min ago

    Afelix Harper, 5, of Enid, drowned in the Cimarron River in Kingfisher County on July 4, authorities said.

  • Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who backed 'Karate Kid,' 'Ocean's Eleven,' dies

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who backed 'Karate Kid,' 'Ocean's Eleven,' dies.

  • PHOTOS: OU quarterback Trevor Knight dating a Clemson cheerleader?

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    This might be the biggest positive to come out of OU's horrific bowl loss to Clemson. At least for Trevor Knight. Clemson blasted OU 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Knight from evidently getting close to Clemson cheerleader Rachel Wyatt. The two spent Fourth of July together at Disney World, and were together at the iHeart Radio Country Music Festival a few months ago. (All photos via Instagram) First it was Baker Mayfield dating the "enemy." Now, it's Knight. Katy Perry is clearly old news.

  • Some OU employees' children are now eligible for a full-tuition waiver

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The children of University of Oklahoma  employees will be eligible for a full-tuition waiver for undergraduate degrees through a new scholarship program established this summer.  The Dependent Child Tuition Waiver Program waives the cost of tuition “for full-time undergraduate students who are children of employees and who are properly enrolled as dependents in the university’s medical insurance plan,” according to the university’s website. Students still will be required to pay fees associated with their course work. “I’ve got to tell you, it was wonderful news for me,” said Karen Renfroe, executive director of the President’s Associates and Women’s Philanthropy Network at OU.

  • Media notes: U.S. team's World Cup victory is most-watched soccer match in U.S. history

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The match obliterated the record of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match. It also shattered the women’s soccer record from the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and bettered the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured U.S. vs. Japan (13.5 million), by 89 percent.

  • 'Can't Buy Me Love' Actress Dies at 43

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Amanda Peterson, who starred in the 1980s movie Can't Buy Me Love with Patrick Dempsey, has died at 43 -- find out more.

  • SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. But Monday's 37-3 vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to advance the bill. If the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers. The flag would be lowered for the last time and shipped off to the state's Confederate Relic Room, near where the last Confederate fla

  • Tommy Morrison memorial to be built in Jay

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    JAY — The American Boxing Association, along with the family of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, is hoping a memorial dedicated to the boxer is the one-two punch needed to honor his athletic legacy but also to overcoming mistakes. Jim Roach, American Boxing Association president, spoke with Jay School Board members on June 29 about placing a life-size bronze bust of Morrison on the school campus. “It looks very promising,” Roach said. The $12,000 monument would be a fixture at Bulldog Arena, and the association would pick up the tab for the bust. “Tommy was a tremendous athlete,” Roach said, referring to Morrison’s boxing and football days.

  • Touting progress, Obama says Islamic State is losing ground

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy. "We're starting to see some progress," the president said during a rare visit to the Pentagon, ticking off a list of towns in Iraq and Syria he said had been wrested from IS control in recent weeks. Flanked by top military commanders, Obama also warned of the Islamic State's efforts to recruit and inspire vulnerable people in the United States, and called on the American-Muslim community to "step up in terms of pushing back as hard as they ca

  • Day of extremist violence across Nigeria kills more than 60

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching about peaceful coexistence of all faiths. Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in the central city of Jos; a suicide bombing earlier at an evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, and attacks in several northeastern villages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched.

  • Oklahoma State football making history with 'I'm A-OK' autism initiative at Boone Pickens Stadium

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OSU UPDATE -- Oklahoma State is working to make football gameday experiences more comfortable for families with autistic children. Berry Tramel and Kyle Fredrickson discuss the changes OSU is implementing.

  • A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus at Wimbledon

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing to her sibling — who would be? — Serena cheated a tad every so often, lying about whether Venus' shots landed in or out. "That's the past," Serena jokes now with an eye roll. "I was young." As professionals, on the sport's biggest stages, Serena has been better, especially lately. On Monday at Centre Court, in the 26th all-Williams contest on tour but first at a major in six years, No. 1-seeded Serena played solidly enough to beat No.