• Kyle Busch is having memorable summer

    By Rick Bonnell The Charlotte Observer (TNS) | Updated: 7 hr ago

    LONG POND, Pa. — NASCAR is a sport of constant revision: New parts, new rules, new aerodynamic packages, plus track conditions that can shift with a passing cloud. Kyle Busch, who is dominating Sprint Cup of late, loves it that way. “I kind of like change and feel I am fastest to adapt to it,” Busch said Friday in anticipation of Sunday’s Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. “Fastest before crew chiefs and engineers have an understanding of how to make those packages better in order to get their cars better or their drivers better to keep up with me.” No one has kept up with Busch of late. Driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch has won four of the past five Sprint

  • Nation World briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ROBOT PENNSYLVANIA | PHILADELPHIA — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment say someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair Saturday, ending its brief American tour. The robot was trying to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada last year and parts of Europe. They say they don't know who destroyed it or why.  WILDFIRES CALIFORNIA | SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter evaluating a Northern California wildfire was killed by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was surveying an area to decide the best

  • Zimbabwe restricts hunting after killing of Cecil the lion

    By FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ZIMBABWE | HARARE — Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday. In addition, bow and arrow hunts have been suspended unless they are approved by the head of the director of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the organization said.  The announcement follows an international outcry stemming from an American hunter's killing of a lion named Cecil that was allegedly was lured out of a national park. Zimbabwean authorities say the hunt was illegal and are seeking the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer.

  • This picture’s worth one word — love

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The picture was among the hundreds snapped the night of Cooper Bassett’s wedding. None had any more love in them. In the picture, you can see the former Tuttle High football standout turned Oklahoma State football standout. He is hugging a little girl. She has oodles of curly red hair. She is wearing a sparkly purple dress. You can’t see her face, but you can see his. And in his expression, you can sense how much Cooper Bassett and Taylor Brandt love each other. She is his Taylor, and he is her Cooper. Still. They met four years ago at one of OSU’s Coaches vs. Cancer events. He was a hulking lineman. She was a frail cancer kid. They became fast friends, and about a year later, we told their

  • New York state of mind

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The Wheelchair Classic is an annual hoops tournament that brings together the best amateur basketball talent from around New York City, dividing teams up into the boroughs.   After the Big East formed in 1979, basketball interest in the northeast spiked. The early ‘80s produced a golden age for high school point guards in NYC, meaning the 1983 Wheelchair event, the 10th annual, was a must-see edition. That graduating class had Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, the playground legend and soon-to-be Syracuse star, and future NBA starters Kenny Smith and Mark Jackson. But it was a sub 6-foot white kid from an affluent area of Long Island who stole the show in that showcase game. His name was Billy Donovan.

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa

    By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG — The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday — starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter. The 52-year-old Olajuwon, in a Houston No. 34 jersey, pulled off a turn-around jumper — the "Dream Shake" — that had the current NBA stars leaping off the benches with their arms in the air.

  • MLB Notebook

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Kershaw extends streak to 37 innings Clayton Kershaw extended his scoreless streak to 37 innings with eight innings of two-hit ball and batterymate Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Angels on Saturday. Kershaw (9-6) struck out seven, walked none and retired his last 15 batters while working on eight days' rest. His previous start was a three-hit shutout on July 23 at New York in which he took a perfect game into the seventh inning. The three-time Cy Young Award winner hasn't given up a run since Wilmer Flores' RBI single for the Mets on July 3 at Dodger Stadium.

  • Golf Roundup

    By MIKE COOK Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Perry shoots 61 to take Champions lead Defending champion Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one and matched the 3M Championship record with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's event. Perry played the first eight holes in 7 under, making the ace on the 188-yard fourth hole, and had two birdies on the back nine and closed with an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. Perry had a 14-under 130 total at TPC Twin Cities. His last 61 came at the Travelers Championship in June 2009 in the last of his 14 PGA Tour victories. Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap were tied for second. Sutherland had a 65, and

  • OSU football notebook

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Spencer Challenges Defensive Line The Cowboys return eight regulars on defense, including six who made at least nine starts a year ago. Three OSU defenders — end Emmanuel Ogbah, cornerback Kevin Peterson and linebacker Ryan Simmons were voted to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Ogbah is the reigning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. So, things are pretty settled on that side of the ball, right? Not so fast. There’s a call to fill the holes left by departed seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau at the tackle spots. And there’s a louder call from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer for everyone along the front, Ogbah and fellow end starter Jimmy Bean included, to compete. “We have defensive tackles

  • Morning roundup

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    TWO OKLAHOMA ANGLERS IN HUNT FOR BASSMASTER CROWN Talala pro Edwin Evers kept the lead after Saturday’s fishing in the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite on the St. Lawrence River in New York. But several anglers are within striking distance, including Choctaw pro Kevin Ledoux who moved into fifth from seventh on Saturday. Evers caught 16 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday that pushed his three-day total to 60-2. But his cushion dwindled to less than 1 1/2 pounds, with Arizona pro Josh Bertrand (58-11), Texas angler Alton Jones (57-8), New Jersey pro Michael Iaconelli (57-0) and a suddenly red-hot Ledoux (56-5) trailing close behind. The field will be trimmed to the top 12 anglers for Sunday’s final day

  • Newly established “Cowboy Back” position features experienced blockers, pass catchers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    STILLWATER — When Jason McEndoo was set to receive his first set of Oklahoma State football business cards this offseason, the newly hired assistant coach was asked to get creative. After 12 years overseeing the offensive line at Montana State, McEndoo will coach a newly formed fullback/tight end hybrid position group for the Cowboys this fall. But OSU coach Mike Gundy wanted to add some flash to that title. “(Gundy) wanted to come up with a new name, something catchy that they could market,” McEndoo said. “So I went through a few options like Outlaw Backs, Pistol Pete backs. Finally I said, ‘Well, we’re the Cowboys. How about Cowboy Backs?’ Coach Gundy said he liked it so that’s what stuck.

  • Public health director remembers time without vaccine programs

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ALTUS — A little more than 60 years ago, Karen Weaver lay in a hospital bed in the basement of the Jackson County hospital, suffering from measles. The vaccine wouldn’t be available in the United States for another 10 years. Memories of these now-preventable diseases stay fresh on Weaver’s mind. That hospital trip. The time her sister almost died from meningitis. The children in her school suffering from polio. “When you’ve lived in that era, the ’50s and ’60s, when we didn’t have vaccines, and you saw so many really ill children … it gives you a real passion for, ‘Yes, I want the vaccine,’ when you’re that close to it,” Weaver, 67, said.

  • Police say man bought car after taking $150K left by ATM workers

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    MAHWAH, N.J. — One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said. Alton Harvey, 42, of Hillside, was arrested Wednesday after police traced a white van that was captured on surveillance video pulling up to the bag of cash that the ATM employees forgot outside a business in Mahwah, in northern New Jersey, on Monday. The video showed a passenger in the van grabbing the bag. Police said the van was seen in another video pulling into a nearby auto repair business and pilfering used tires. After finding the van in Irvington, police arrested Harvey.

  • OKC Energy's Danni Konig gains ground on scoring record

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Danni Konig has scored on opponents in a variety of ways this season for the Oklahoma City Energy FC. He’s outrun defenders, tapped in rebounds, scored off headers and converted penalty kicks. Konig, who is from Denmark, has done almost everything in his first year playing in American. What’s left for the 28-year-old Danish striker to do? Break the league scoring record. Konig scored two goals on Friday in the Energy's 3-0 win over Arizona United, bringing his United Soccer League leading total to 16. With eight matches remaining, Konig needs just four more goals to tie the single season record set by Kevin Molino in Orlando City last year.

  • The Collected Wisdom of Becky Hammon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Hammon grew up in Rapid City, S.D., the youngest of Martin and Bev Hammon’s three children. Following a stellar high school basketball career at Stevens High School, she earned All-American honors at Colorado State in the late 1990s, she was also voted Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. Undrafted as an WNBA rookie and plagued by several knee injuries throughout her professional playing career, Hammon was a six-time WNBA All-Star – twice finishing first-team All-WNBA. Coincidentally, during her rehabilitation from a 2013 knee injury Hammon attended San Antonio Spurs practices and meetings. One year ago this week, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hired her as an assistant coach, making Hammon the first

  • Merritt, Chappell share lead at Quicken Loans National

    By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. — Troy Merritt couldn't miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn't make anything. Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 to top the leaderboard even before the leading contenders teed off. It held up, too, as several players made runs at joining him at 14 under, but only Kevin Chappell, another veteran seeking a breakthrough victory, didn't fade in the searing heat at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Chappell had a 67. Rickie Fowler (68) was a stroke back, and Jason Bohn (67), Whee Kim (67), Charles Howell III (67) and David Lingmerth (68) followed at 12 under.

  • GUSHING INTO CUSHING: Oil fills major storage hub in small Oklahoma town

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Cushing, Oklahoma, is the country’s largest commercial storage hub. It is home to 57.7 million barrels of oil, or about 12.5 percent of the country’s commercial stockpiles. The percentage is up from 4.9 percent one year ago, when oil was still selling for about $100 a barrel.

  • Update ...

    From staff reports | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Police identify human remains found last week Oklahoma City Police have identified the human remains found at Interstate 40 and Peebly Road last week. The remains were positively identified as Ellaina Pechacek, who had been reported missing. Police didn’t release any other information.

  • Tuning in

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. New Orleans at OKC (DH) KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Chi. White Sox TBS (Cox 62) 1 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2 p.m. San Francisco at Texas FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 12:30 p.m. NASCAR NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 4:30 a.m. Match Play GOLF (Cox 60) 8 a.m. Match Play GOLF (Cox 60) 9 a.m. LPGA: British Open ESPN2 (Cox 28) Noon Quicken Loans GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m. Quicken Loans KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m. 3M Championship GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m.

  • What we're talking about

    AP | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    BRITAIN-SMALL PLANE CRASH: Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden are among four people killed when a private jet crashes in southern England. ITALY-SNOOP DOGG: Rapper Snoop Dogg is stopped by Italian customs for carrying too much cash — about $422,000. FIAT CHRYSLER-HACKING: The U.S. government is investigating Harman car radios following Fiat Chrysler hacking recall.  2016-POLITICAL MONEY: An analysis of fundraising reports finds that nearly 60 donations of a million dollars or more accounted for about a third of the more than $380 million brought in so far for the 2016 presidential election.