• High school basketball: Results for Friday, February 12

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Friday, February 12 high school basketball results.

  • Chicago police officer’s lawsuit is an act of gall

    By Leonard Pitts, Jr., TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY | Updated: 2 hr ago

    First he killed him. Now he's suing him. I have no idea whether Robert Rialmo, the Chicago police officer who shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier to death the day after Christmas, was justified in doing so. Certainly, the sequence of events Rialmo describes seems to suggest he was within bounds when he opened fire. According to Rialmo, Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old grandmother, had just let him into the apartment building where he had been called to quell a domestic disturbance when LeGrier, a college sophomore with a history of emotional problems, charged down the stairs wielding a baseball bat. As Rialmo tells it, LeGrier ignored repeated orders to drop the bat and twice swung at the officer's head, missing him by

  • cowgirls softball

    By Trent Crabtree For The Oklahoman | Updated: 2 hr ago

    It is definitely a rebuilding year in Stillwater for the Oklahoma State team. After finishing 2015 with a 21-31 overall record and 3-13 mark in the Big 12, OSU decided to make a change at head coach, bringing in Florida assistant Kenny Gajewski. The Cowgirls do have some experience. They return six seniors and will look to turn things around in a Big 12 that lacks a ton of elite teams. Key Players OF Tiffany Mikkelson 2015 Stats: .361 AVG, 52 hits, 13 home runs, 46 RBIs, .500 OBP OSU's senior leader will look to become the best home run hitter in school history this season. She is only nine homers short of setting the OSU career record of 32.


    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OSU VS. KANSAS STATE • When: Noon Saturday • Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater • TV: ESPNews (Cox 254; U-verse 604, HD 1604; Dish 142; DirecTV 207) • Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1 Three things to know • The Cowboys have lost five straight Big 12 Conference games. Only once before under Travis Ford has OSU suffered this long of a skid, when it lost seven in a row in 2013-14. • OSU will again be without injured point guard Jawun Evans (shoulder), who is the team's leading scorer in conference play. • The Wildcats won the first meeting with the Cowboys, 89-73, in Manhattan on Jan. 23 behind season-highs for both field goal percentage (57.7) and 3-point field goal percentage

  • sooners softball

    By Trent Crabtree For The Oklahoman | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The big question this season for the No. 8-ranked Oklahoma softball team will be how it replaces one of the greatest college players of all time in Lauren Chamberlain. She broke the NCAA career home run record (95) last season. The Sooners lost experience beyond their most notable player, especially in the infield. Four of OU's five seniors from the 2015 class were infielders, including Chamberlain, Georgia Casey, Shelby Pendley and Jessica Vest. That being said, OU still has enough athleticism to make a run at OKC and beyond. Key Players OF Erin Miller 2015 Statistics: .409 AVG, 63 hits, 8 home runs, 52 RBIs, .

  • One-year deal with OKC makes most sense for KD

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    TORONTO — Kevin Durant touched down in Toronto early Friday morning. Before noon, he was seated in front of an international contingent of reporters, facing the media feeding frenzy that is All-Star weekend. Kobe Bryant, in advance of his final appearance, drew a bigger crowd. But perhaps no one's answers, whether from direct or indirect questions, were and will be more dissected than Durant's. New York writers wanted his opinion on the Derek Fisher firing. Toronto reporters asked for his thoughts on the city. A D.C. TV station had him look into the camera and give Wizards fans a free agency message. Everyone is mining for even the slightest hint of an answer on a decision he's yet to make.

  • Local para-rower raising money for new pair of prosthetics

    By Christian Clark Staff Writer cclark@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Jennifer Pellat-Finet always loved the water. Even though she spent most of her childhood in landlocked Oklahoma City, there was just something about being on a river, a lake, an ocean that appealed to her. She learned to swim at an early age from a mother whose father was an Olympic-level swimming coach. In high school at Bishop McGuiness, she spent weekends sailing with her family on local lakes. By 21, she'd moved to San Diego to be near the beach. "Being around the water has always been in my blood," she said. So it only made sense that when Pellat-Finet emerged from the fight of her life — complications that twice left her in a coma and forced doctors to amputate both of her feet — she discovered a way to

  • Sooner sparkle

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sooner gymnasts competed Friday night in the Perfect 10 Challenge against athletes from the University of Dover, Utah State University and George Washington University. In the end, the Sooners were victorious. The events were ahead of the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience on Saturday.

  • High school wrestling: Dual State results for Friday, February 12

    Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Day one results from Dual State

  • Will OKC Schools be forced to suspend new discipline program?

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Budget cuts could signal the end of a new program in the Oklahoma City school district that offers academic instruction and counseling services to students facing long-term suspensions, The Oklahoman has learned. The 10-day program is part of a plan to reduce suspensions and keep students in the classroom. It has been in operation since October, officials said. The district contracts with the Latino Community Development Agency, 420 SW 10, and Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, 3535 N Western Ave., where students facing suspensions of five days or more can go for academic and counseling services that include substance abuse, anger management and conflict resolution.

  • Wright’s free throw seals victory for P.C.

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    WARR ACRES — Grason Wright was determined to send his coach out with a victory. The Putnam City senior came up with a steal in the closing seconds, and officials called a foul as time expired in a tie game against Putnam City West on Friday night. In legendary PC coach A.D. Burtschi's final home game, Wright made a free throw with no time on the clock to give the Pirates a dramatic 60-59 win. “I was just determined to get Coach Burtschi out on a win,” said Wright, who had 26 points, with his last one setting off a wild celebration on the court. “Protect the home court, that's all he talks about. We had a packed crowd, good fans, good support out here tonight.

  • Putnam City salutes retiring coach Burtschi

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    WARR ACRES — If someone had walked into the room and yelled, “On the line!” you would've seen 32 years' worth of former Putnam City basketball players jump. Coach A.D. Burtschi's famous phrase — famously hated by his players, as a reminder of the countless sprints they ran in practice — sparked a stream of memories during a pregame reception for the retiring Pirate coach Friday night before to his final home game on the court that now bears his name. “It's great to see all these players come back, and see the impact my dad had on them,” said his youngest son, Jacob, who went to Air Force and has played the last six seasons professionally in Europe. “I know the man he is, and I really like seeing the positive

  • Putnam City rallies for Senior Night win

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    WARR ACRES — A couple of missed free throws kept the drama alive, but Putnam City was able to finish off its rally from a double-digit hole for a 63-60 win over rival Putnam City West on Friday night. Putnam City senior NaShyla Hammons scored 29 points, including a late basket that put the 16th-ranked Pirates (14-8) on top for good. Another senior, Carrington Small, scored 14. Eighth-ranked Putnam City West (15-5), playing without 6-foot-1 forward Gabrielle Johnson, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. Cenera Skanes led the Patriots with 22 points. For PC, the win will help boost late-season momentum with the playoffs two weeks away. “This is a really big game for us

  • Boys basketball roundup: Grason Wright's free throw seals special win for Putnam City

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    In legendary PC coach A.D. Burtschi’s final home game, Wright made a free throw with no time on the clock to give the Pirates a dramatic 60-59 win.

  • Health Department turns to buyouts to avoid layoffs

    By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday. Already, 101 retirement-​ eligible workers have accepted the voluntary-buyout offer that was made to 317 of the agency's 2,258 employees, department spokesman Tony Sellars said. Another 144 employees declined the offer, while the rest are undecided, Sellars said. Employees have until Feb. 29 to accept. The offer includes a payment equal to 18 months of health-insurance premiums, a $5,000 incentive bonus, the employee's longevity pay and the payout of accumulated annual leave. The

  • Girls basketball roundup: Putnam City pulls out tough win on Senior Night

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Putnam City senior NaShyla Hammons scored 29 points, including a late basket that put the 16th-ranked Pirates (14-8) on top for good. Another senior, Carrington Small, scored 14.

  • Softball preview: Eight for OKC

    By Trent Crabtree, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 3 hr ago

    These eight teams are top candidates to make the Women's College World Series, scheduled June 2-8 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium: Florida Gators The defending back-to-back national champions enter 2016 as the consensus No. 1 team in the country and are in the midst of building a dynasty in Gainesville. Despite losing National Player of the Year Lauren Haeger to graduation, the Gators return a strong senior class that is going to help them pull off the three-peat. Florida is a balanced squad that will be the nation's biggest threat come June. Key Player: The senior that is expected to make the biggest impact is infielder Kelsey Stewart. Last season's SEC Player of the Year, hit .435, collected 101 hits, drove in 41 runs and

  • WCWS Tickets

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    All-session tickets, which include access to a minimum of 14 games and up to 17 games, are now on sale. Prices range from $85 to $110. All seats are reserved. Also available are outfield flex ticket packages, which allows fans to buy tickets to a minimum of four sessions. They start at $60. A complete list of ticket options can be found at www.NCAA.com/WCWS.

  • College Softball Roundup

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    No. 8-ranked Oklahoma opened its softball season Friday with two losses at the Sportco Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas. Minnesota won the first game 1-0 on Sydney Dwyer's seventh-inning home run, then Washington cruised to a 10-3 triumph. Dwyer's homer came off OU starter Paige Parker, who gave up just four hits and two walks. She struck out nine. Minnesota (2-0) had an equally good pitching performance from Sara Groenewegen. She blanked the Sooners on two hits, a walk and 14 strikeouts. The Sooners led Washington 2-0 after the first, but the Huskies came back with three runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. OU continues Classic play at 1:15 p.m. Saturday against Lamar. The Sooners will then play

  • Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley calls for education savings accounts

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley would like the state to pick up part of the tab for parents who want to switch their children from public schools to private school.