• Class 3A girls golf: Purcell in control despite tough day for Scarberry, Walker

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    TAHLEQUAH — Both ShaeBug Scarberry and Peighton Walker left Cherokee Springs shaking their heads. “It wasn't great,” Walker said. The back nine, the wind picked up, so it got harder for sure.” But even though the two were kicking themselves over missed shots, both shot in the 70s on Wednesday to stay within reach of the lead at the Class 3A girls state golf tournament. More importantly, they helped Purcell to a commanding lead halfway through the tournament. Going into Thursday's second round, the Dragons are 16 strokes ahead of second-place Plainview, 320-336, and 30 strokes ahead of third-place Eufaula. Scarberry, the defending champion, is one shot off the lead after her first-round 74. Walker is

  • Westmoore's Braidyn Fink has huge day in regional tournament

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 7 min ago

    Westmoore sits one win away from returning to the Class 6A state baseball tournament, and Oklahoma signee Braidyn Fink played a big part in that Wednesday. Fink finished a triple shy of the cycle in the Jaguars’ 26-6 rout of rival Southmoore to move to the championship game of the regional tournament. The senior singled, hit two home runs and hit two doubles — one of which he went to third on a throwing error — while driving in eight runs. Fink also started the game on the mound and allowed the six runs over three innings. In Westmoore’s regional opener, he went 1 for 2 and scored two runs in a 17-0 shutout of U.S. Grant.

  • Class 3A girls golf notebook: Plainview's Addie Norton battles nerves

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 11 min ago

    TAHLEQUAH — Walking up to start her round in the Class 3A girls state golf tournament at Cherokee Springs on Wednesday, Plainview freshman Addie Norton's nervousness was running high. It was the freshman's first state tournament appearance, and starts have been rough at times for her this season. But her coach, Taylor Howard, has been working with Norton on slowing things down a bit early in rounds and not taking unnecessary chances. It worked. Norton shot a first-round 73 to take a one-stroke lead into Thursday's second and final round. “She just played smart golf and kept herself out of trouble on a lot of holes,” Howard said. “She's a little stubborn, but she definitely listened and was able to

  • Woman accused in fatal OSU parade crash pleads not guilty during formal arraignment

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 22 min ago

    The driver accused in the fatal 2015 Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash pleaded not guilty during a formal arraignment Wednesday in Payne County District Court.

  • Business Q&A with Sanford C. Coats

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Federal law enforcement said it plans to resume a program that allows the government to seize citizens' assets suspected to be involved in criminal activity.

  • Energy earnings for May 5, 2016

    By ADAM WILMOTH Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Energy earnings for May 5, 2016

  • Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

    Updated: 35 min ago

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 residents to flee. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said fire had destroyed or damaged an estimated 1,600 structures. Flames are being kept from the downtown area thanks to the "herculean'" efforts of firefighters, said Scott Long of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. No injuries or fatalities have been reported. The fire appeared near the airport late Wednesday. All commercial flights in and out of Fort McMurray have been suspended.

  • Emergency responders save 42 lives using naloxone to prevent overdose deaths

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Emergency responders have saved 42 lives in Oklahoma by using the drug naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths, according to the state Health Department.

  • Complaint details kidnapping death of girl on Navajo nation

    Updated: 53 min ago

    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl. Hours had passed since the man had talked the girl and her brother into his van by promising to show them a movie. She begged to be taken home, but he led her away from her 9-year-old brother, to an even more remote spot, where he removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. Then he hit her twice in the head with a tire iron and left her for dead before driving off and leaving the boy as well, all alone, as night fell.

  • How Steven Adams' 'The Cable Guy' act saved the Thunder

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Do yourself a favor — go back and watch the Thunder big man from the start of the sequence until the end.

  • Oklahoma Corrections Board to vote on private prison rental

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    To pay for the rental, the state is expected to close down the inmate work centers.

  • Oklahoma state briefs for May 5, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Oklahoma state briefs for May 5, 2016

  • Class 2A girls notebook: All in the family at Fletcher

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    GUTHRIE — The golf program at Fletcher has pretty much been the Holden family. Sierra's older sisters, Johnna and Aleesha, were Fletcher's first high school golfers. They both were state tournament qualifiers and played collegiately at Cameron University in Lawton. Sierra's younger sister, Delana, is a sophomore and also qualified to the Class 2A state tournament. Fletcher's golf coach is their uncle, Lonnie Sanders, and he credits their father, Steven Holden, for developing the girls' golfing skills. “He is the one who got ‘em going,” Sanders said. “They played in tournaments during the summer and of course they practice all the time.

  • Class B state baseball tournament: Drummond making first tournament appearance

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Cameron Pogue was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the winning run against Cimarron, clinching the first ever state tournament berth for Drummond.

  • Class 4A girls golf notebook: Fort Gibson leads team standings

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Hilldale has won three consecutive Class 4A girls golf state championships, but that streak appears in jeopardy after Wednesday’s first round.

  • Trump's open path to nomination causes agony for some in GOP

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some Republican leaders began reluctantly rallying around Trump, but others agonized over their party's future. The billionaire businessman vowed to unite the splintered GOP, even as he was bitingly dismissive of members who have been critical of his campaign. "Those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we served two terms," he said on NBC's "Today" Show. "Honestly, there are some people I really don't want." Trump's challenge in u

  • Oklahoma County public records for May 5, 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Oklahoma County public records for May 5, 2016

  • Class 4A girls golf: Chloe Black shoots best round of her life, leads individual standings after first round

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Black is hoping for an even better day Thursday, when she will work to maintain — or maybe even extend — her lead and claim an individual state title.

  • Thunder journal: LaMarcus Aldridge in historic company through two games

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Aldridge through two games is averaging 39.5 points and shooting 75 percent from the field.

  • Thunder: Why Billy Donovan trusted Dion Waiters to close out the Spurs in Game 2

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The Elbow Seen Around the World was so central to Thunder-Spurs Game 2, it clouded a major question about OKC’s win: Why did Billy Donovan trust Dion Waiters to close out the Spurs?