• Walk-on Wednesday: Nick Hardaway has never regretted choosing OU over small-college opportunities

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 8 min ago

    NORMAN — Nick Hardaway remembers exactly the moment when he truly realized he wasn’t playing against high schoolers anymore. The Oklahoma walk-on offensive guard was in for his first play on scout team, and defensive end Geneo Grissom — now a New England Patriots rookie — knocked Hardaway flat on his back. “I remember in that moment realizing that these guys aren’t here to play around,” Hardaway said. “This is the real deal. These aren’t high school football players anymore.” Hardaway is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman’s “Walk-on Wednesday,” a weekly blog post where we highlight a non-scholarship OU football player and

  • The George goes dark; Founders Tower has a tall vacancy to fill

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 12 min ago

    The George Prime Steakhouse, which opened atop Founders Tower last June, has shuttered. Officials with Founders Tower and owner Kevin George confirmed the news on Wednesday. Owner Kevin George opened his ambitious, ostentatious restaurant after many years as a partner with the Interurban Restaurant group but a litany of troubles dogged the concept before it ever opened. Despite purchasing the top floor in the spring of 2013 and hiring chef Josh Valentine that summer, George didn’t open his restaurant for another year, eight months later than the initial plan, because of assorted problems like flooding, outdated plumbing and an HVAC system that had to replaced in the space built in the early 1960s.

  • Oklahoma football: Austin Seibert ready for first OU-Texas game

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 19 min ago

    Oklahoma freshman kicker/punter Austin Seibert won’t be making his first trip to Dallas this weekend. The Illinois native had never been to Texas until this summer when he spent a weekend in the DFW Metroplex. Seibert even made a point of driving past the Cotton Bowl, the site of Saturday’s OU-Texas game. “That was pretty cool,” he said. That won’t compare to what he’ll experience Saturday though. “I’ve heard that once you run out of the tunnel, you hear … people chanting, ‘OU’ but as soon as you cross the 50, it’s all Texas stuff,” Seibert said. “It’ll be fun. It’ll be a game to remember, that’s for

  • High court weighs 3 death sentences in Kansas cases

    Updated: 22 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to rule against three Kansas men who challenged their death sentences in what one justice called "some of the most horrendous murders" he's ever seen from the bench. The justices were critical of the Kansas Supreme Court, which overturned the sentences of the men, including two brothers convicted in a murderous crime spree known as the "Wichita massacre." It was the first high court hearing on death penalty cases since a bitter clash over lethal injection procedures exposed deep divisions among the justices last term.

  • Judge tosses conservative activist's suit against magazine

    Updated: 22 min ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge has ruled that a liberal-leaning magazine did not defame one of Idaho's wealthiest people in an article that said the businessman outed a local reporter as gay. Fourth District Judge Darla Williamson tossed out Frank VanderSloot's lawsuit against Mother Jones magazine on Tuesday. VanderSloot, the CEO of health care products company Melaleuca and a prominent donor to Republican candidates and conservative causes, sued Mother Jones two years ago, contending that a 2012 article about him and a tweet promoting the article were false and prompted national criticism.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 23 min ago

    Ready to talk college football, Thunder basketball and more with Jenni Carlson? Bring your best questions to the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • POPS To Open New Location At Nichols Hills

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    POPS, the iconic route 66 destination in Arcadia, is opening a new location in Nichols Hills.

  • Woman arrested in Montana while living under alias to escape warrant in Oklahoma

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Charges continue to mount against a Corvallis woman who lived under an assumed name for three years in Ravalli County while wanted on a fugitive warrant from Oklahoma.

  • Billy Donovan reiterates Kevin Durant free agency stance on SiriusXM

    Erik Horne | Updated: 43 min ago

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan was a guest on SirusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence on Tuesday and was asked about Kevin Durant's impending free agency. Donovan told local media on Monday that he doesn't involve himself in Durant's free agency or talk to him about the decision to come in the summer of 2016. His answer was similar on Tuesday: "Kevin's going to handle his situation, but the one thing I do know about Kevin is that he's really focused and locked in on this season. Him not playing this year, I think he's just anxious to play.

  • Oregon gunman killed himself after police shot him

    Updated: 46 min ago

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The gunman who fatally shot nine people at an Oregon community college last week killed himself in front of his victims after two police officers wounded him, authorities said Wednesday. When two plainclothes detectives spotted Christopher Harper-Mercer in the doorway of a campus building, he fired at them, and the officers quickly returned fire. The killer then went back inside and shot himself in a classroom where many of his victims lay dead and wounded, a prosecutor told a news conference. It was authorities' most detailed account yet of the gunman's death. Previously, they had said only that the 26-year-old attacker killed himself after a shootout.

  • South Carolina still on edge from floods; 2 die in truck

    Updated: 47 min ago

    GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Rivers rose and dams bulged Wednesday as South Carolina faced another anxious day of waiting for the floodwaters to recede, and search teams found the bodies of two people who died after they drove around a barricade and into standing water. At least 19 people in South Carolina and North Carolina have died in the storm. Along the coast, residents prepared for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. In the Columbia area, where some returned home to assess damage and clean up, the threat of more flooding still hadn't lifted.

  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    Updated: 51 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a medical clinic in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Obama's phone call to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, came just a day after the White House had stopped short of an apology, waiting to learn more while acknowledging that the attack was a U.S. mistake. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama offered condolences to the group's staff and pledged a "transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan expresses support for his former coach Flip Saunders

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 53 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Billy Donovan is a first-year NBA head coach. But his professional ties are deep and far-ranging. The Thunder is in Minnesota tonight for Donovan's first preseason game, facing a Timberwolves organization that employs Flip Saunders as its team president and head coach. But Saunders is currently battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and on a leave of absence. Sam Mitchell is the interim coach. At Wednesday's shootaround, Donovan was asked about Saunders and revealed a connection between the two. "You know, I've known Flip for a long time," Donovan said. "Not many people know this, but Flip coached me in the CBA in Rapid City, South Dakota. I've always had great respect and admiration for him. He's always

  • Video: Gary Busey eliminated on 'Dancing with the Stars,' vows to remain in spirit

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 54 min ago

    The Busey-isms have run out on "Dancing with the Stars" A week after channeling Gomez Addams, Tulsa native Gary Busey recalled his Buddy Holly days -- and was ultimately eliminated -- on Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." The theme of this week's episode on the dancing contest was "Most Memorable Year," and for Busey, that's 1979, when he got his Oscar nomination for playing the legendary rocker in the movie "The Buddy Holly Story." "It took him from being an average Joe to like he couldn't go anywhere without someone shouting his name," Busey's son and fellow actor Jake Busey said in an interview.

  • Owasso police: DUI suspect claiming to be surgeon threatens 'wait till I get you under my knife'

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    He was placed in a holding cell for failing to follow instructions and disrupting the booking process, and he reportedly damaged the leg irons placed on him for continuously kicking the holding cell door. 

  • Board OKs settlement over principal who hypnotized students

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The families of three North Port High School students who died after being hypnotized by former Principal George Kenney will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the School Board at its meeting Tuesday night.

  • Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine embracing evolving role

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine says his role has changed this season. It’s not hard to see judging by the numbers, with more carries and fewer yards in the first four games this season as opposed to the first four last year and a greater percentage of his carries now coming in the fourth quarter. “I’m used as the clock manager when we want to run out some time,” Perine said. “I’m not going to get the same amount of yards that I got last year with the whole line situation. “But I get yards and our line does a fantastic job at what they can do. I just try to stay inbounds and get as many yards as I can and run the clock out.

  • Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles flew nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over Iran and Iraq and struck Raqqa and Aleppo provinces in the north and Idlib province in the northwest, Russian officials said. The Islamic State group has strongholds in Raqqa and Aleppo, while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front has a strong presence in Idlib. U.S.

  • West Virginia safety Karl Joseph out for season with knee injury

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 1 hr ago

    West Virginia safety Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a right knee injury at practice this week, the team announced Wednesday. The Mountaineers will host Oklahoma State on Saturday. Joseph sustained the injury during a non-contact drill at Tuesday's practice, the team said. Joseph was second on the team in tackles and had five interceptions in four games. "I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson. "He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and university over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with

  • Ex-teammate: Arrested NBA player was giving cash to homeless

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former teammate of a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub says his friend was giving money to a homeless man when he was taken to the ground by police officers. Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic testified Tuesday in the Manhattan trial of Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh). Antic says he was also taken to the ground and handcuffed by police after he touched an officer on the shoulder and asked why his friend was being arrested. Sefolosha has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges stemming from the April 8 confrontation with police. Charges against Antic have been dropped.