• Oklahoma State football rallies around the man they call 'Pitt'

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 11 min ago

    STILLWATER — List the names that have been an important part of Oklahoma State football, and you probably won't include Jeff Naple. But ask around the program about those who've made significant contributions, and you will hear his name. Known to Cowboys far and wide simply as "Pitt", he's been part of the football program for nearly three decades. He's the video coordinator, which means he oversees the recording of games and practices, the breakdown of opponents, and the logging of visual data crucial for coaches to scheme and players to learn. "When you first get here, he's one of the first guys you meet," receivers coach Kasey Dunn said Thursday during OSU's annual preseason golf outing. "He's one of the first

  • ONEOK Partners to invest up to $100 million to expand capacity in Permian Basin

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ONEOK Partners LP announced Thursday plans to invest between $70 million and $100 million to expand the ONEOK WesTex Transmission intrastate natural gas pipeline system. The expansion project is located in the Texas Panhandle and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Plans would increase the system’s natural gas capacity by 260 million cubic feet per day by the first quarter of 2017. The expansion includes the construction of two new compressor stations and upgrades or expansions to three existing compressor stations.

  • New faces in Class 4A districts for 2016-17

    scott wright | Updated: 19 min ago

    Clinton and Heritage Hall have been playing non-district games for a few years now, but starting in 2016, that will be a district showdown, possibly with significant implications. Class 4A for the 2016 and 2017 seasons will have a few new faces, particularly on the west side of the state, with Heritage Hall and Bethany coming up from 3A and Chickasha dropping down from 5A. These district alignments will be submitted to the OSSAA board of directors for approval at their September meeting.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backs

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp.

  • Ohio State marching band song made fun of Holocaust victims

    Updated: 43 min ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing Ohio State University has pledged to eradicate from the band program, the university said Thursday. The lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of an unofficial band songbook, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal. Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years, including 2006 and 2010 versions. An independent investigation of the marching band revealed the existence of the song last year but not the lyrics. "The 2012 version contained a new, highly offensive song regarding Jews and the Holocaust," according to the 2014 report by former state Attorney Ge

  • Rickie Fowler bought beer for the media after his walk-off Par 3 ace

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler was in a generous mood on Thursday at the Quicken Loans National. Starting his round on the back nine, Fowler's last hole of the day was the Par 3 No. 9 ... which he aced. WALK OFF. Rickie Fowler just aced No. 9 to shoot an opening-round 67. #QuickHits http://t.co/fOEaTsnkXW — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 30, 2015 // In celebration, Fowler provided beer for the media in attendance, along with a note that read "It's not a mortgage for a year, but enjoy a cold one on me! Cheers, Rickie!" Great move by @RickieFowler. He aced par 3 9th and bought drinks for media members. The

  • Authorities seek charge in Calumet motorcyclist's death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Canadian County sheriff's investigators accuse Roy K. Reedy, 52, of Oklahoma City, of passing illegally within 100 feet of an intersection.

  • BOTTLED CHARM: Prairie Gothic moves into milk bottle building in OKC

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Guthrie-based Prairie Gothic, a boutique that specializes in unusual gifts and home furnishings, opened its second location in the triangular milk bottle building near NW 23 and Classen last week.

  • Del City heading east in Class 5A districts for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Looking to balance out the powerful west teams in Class 5A for the 2016 and 2017 football seasons, coaches decided to send Del City -- one of the top contenders for this year's state title -- to the east side of the state. Noble is also going to an east district, landing in a district with Del City, Shawnee, McAlester, Durant, Glenpool and two Tulsa schools. On the west side, the three powerhouse programs that have built strong district rivalries with each other -- Carl Albert, Guthrie and McGuinness -- remained together. Woodward will move into the western-most district that also includes the likes of Lawton MacArthur, Ardmore, Altus and Duncan.

  • Geography favored in Class 6A Division II districts for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Geography won out over a better balance of power in the new districts for Class 6A Division II for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. One proposed plan would have sent Stillwater to the east district and Sapulpa to the west, but the increase in travel was turned down in favor of a more geographically friendly plan.  The new districts reflect two notable changes, the first being the presence of Putnam City and Deer Creek in the west district. Putnam City is currently a Division I team, but will drop down to D-II based on the recently released attendance numbers. For the same reason, Deer Creek will be moving up from Class 5A. Secondly, Ponca City and U.S. Grant flip-flopped districts. Since U.S.

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements discusses potential immediate impact of freshman defensive tackle Darrion Daniels

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 1 hr ago

    STILLWATER — When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class.

  • Media notes: NBC to broadcast Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's return at 4 p.m. Sunday

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    American Pharoah, the 12th Triple Crown winner, is set to return to the track at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on NBC. American Pharoah will begin his campaign to become horse racing’s first Grand Slam winner at the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In" race on Sunday. The William Hill Haskell, run at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds, will award the winner an automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Sunday’s show is the fourth of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct.

  • Water quality issues face Rio, but OKC Boathouse director is confident they will be resolved before the Olympic Games.

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways. An Associated Press investigation shows that not only have they failed to do that, but that the waters are rife with illness-inducing viruses. The AP teamed up with a noted Brazilian virologist to test water at three sites where Olympic and Paralympic athletes will compete, and also at one of Rio's most popular tourist beaches. Since March, Fernando Spilki, coordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University, has conducted four rounds of tests.

  • Oklahoma State football: Talent, depth make WR a major asset for Cowboys

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Three starters appear to be set: Brandon Shepherd, who came on late last season as a dominant presence; David Glidden, the man of the reliable hands who led last year’s squad with 42 catches; and James Washington, whose six touchdowns a year ago ranked fourth nationally among true freshmen. Beyond them – and including them – the competition is on.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 6 p.m.; Washington at N.Y. Mets; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; San Francisco at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Colorado at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m.; L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING; 10 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m.; Truck Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) 6 p.m.; Xfinity Practice; NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF; 8 a.m.; Match Play; GOLF (Cox 60) 8 a.m.; LPGA: British Open; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m.; 3M Championship; GOLF (Cox 60) 1:30 p.m.;

  • Class 6A Division I districts set for 2016-17 seasons

    scott wright | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Aside from the addition of Enid and departure of Putnam City, there weren't many notable changes to be made in the football districts of Class 6A Division I for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Two of the four Tulsa-area schools remained in each district, and west-side teams remained split in a manner that allows certain opening-week rivalries -- games like the Moore War, Norman's Crosstown Clash and Yukon-Mustang -- to remain intact. These district alignments will be submitted to the OSSAA board of directors for approval at their September meeting.

  • Bicyclist from Florida killed when struck by car in Oklahoma

    AP | Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANUTE, Okla. (AP) — A bicyclist from Florida was killed and another was injured when they were struck by a car on Highway 152 in western Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Thursday that 25-year-old Patrick Wanninkhof of Key Biscayne, Florida, was dead at the scene of the accident and 22-year-old Bridget Anderson of Port Orange, Florida, was hospitalized in Oklahoma City in stable condition. An OHP report says the two were westbound on the highway when they were struck by a westbound car. The report says the driver of the car said she was distracted by looking at her phone when she crashed into the bicyclists.

  • Rescuers hope for 'best-case scenario' for boys lost at sea

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat. Five things to know about air-and-sea search for 14-year-old friends Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing last Friday off Florida's Atlantic coast: ___ THEY COULD BE ALIVE: The Coast Guard, which is leading the rescue mission, says it wouldn't continue searching if it didn't believe the boys could still be alive. Much remains unknown, including whether the teens are wearing life jackets, might have a cooler or some other object to cling to, or have drinking water or fo

  • Nurse 'marries' 4-year-old cancer patient in sweet hospital ceremony

    Jessica Ivins, KSL | Updated: 8 hr ago

    It was the picture-perfect wedding: A nurse at a children’s hospital in New York made a 4-year-old leukemia patient’s dreams come true when he “married” her in a sweet ceremony in front of her family.

  • Put down the phone and drive

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 4 hr ago

    No email, text or phone call is worth putting my family at risk with distracted driving.