• Top 5: OU QB HYPE

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist | Updated: 6 hr ago

    With Oklahoma quarterback hopeful Baker Mayfield making all sorts of headlines this summer, it got us thinking about the Sooner signal callers who’ve been most ballyhooed before ever taking a snap in a game.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson takes a stab at the quarterbacks who were most hyped before their Sooner careers began. 1. Jack Mildren: Even though he played in the pre-internet days, no quarterback was more revered by the time he arrived at OU. Mildren was the nation’s top recruit in 1968 and the focus on a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece that fall. His legend was so great that even though he was ineligible for the varsity as all freshmen were in those days, Sooner fans flocked to the freshmen games to see

  • KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Billy Donovan has fortified his biggest weakness the best way he could. The first-year Thunder coach went out and got exactly what he didn’t have. Experience. Two former NBA head coaches will be at Donovan’s side on the Thunder bench next season after the Thunder finalized its coaching staff with the hiring of Maurice Cheeks and Monty Williams as assistants. Cheeks, a former Thunder assistant on Scott Brooks’ staff for four seasons, and Williams bring a combined 14 years of NBA head coaching experience that is expected to aid Donovan in his transition from college to the NBA.

  • Teen volunteers spruce up homes throughout OKC

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Dozens of Catholic teenagers from across the country took on the June heat in a weeklong beautification effort known as “I Heart My Neighborhood.” About 60 youth and 15 adults made their way to Oklahoma City as part of the Catholic Heart Workcamp. The organization is a national effort that’s been around just over 20 years and now involves more than 13,000 young people putting their faith into action. The Neighborhood Alliance helped the young volunteers find projects including painting, landscaping and general cleanup. The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma is a group dedicated to improving neighborhoods.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Tuesday, June 30

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    june 30 tuning in TUESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 7 p.m.; OKC at Memphis; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL; 6 p.m.; Chi. Cubs at N.Y. Mets; ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m.; Texas at Baltimore; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Chi. White Sox at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8:30 p.m.; L.A. Dodgers at Arizona; KTOK-AM 1000 9 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels; MLBN (Cox 264) GOLF; 2:30 p.m.; PGA National; GOLF (Cox 60) WOMEN’S SOCCER; 6 p.m.; United States vs. Germany; KOKH-25 (Cox 12) TENNIS; 6 a.m.; Wimbledon; ESPN (Cox 29) WNBA; 7 p.m.; New York at Chicago; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m.; Tulsa at Seattle; Cox 703 BOXING; 7 p.m.

  • #MyOklahoma

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 52,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • NET GAINS AND LOSSES

    By Michael Lewis Newsday | Updated: 6 hr ago

    MONTREAL — Before the United States or Germany can get their hands on the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, they will have their hands full in Tuesday’s semifinal encounter at Olympic Stadium. And quite appropriately, the game could come down to two of the most hands-on players — Hope Solo and her German counterpart, Nadine Angerer — in a rare meeting of the world’s two finest goalkeepers. “Both of them, if you asked them, they would feel they are the best goalkeeper in the world,” said former USA coach Tony DiCicco, a longtime goalkeeping coach. They will have an opportunity to prove it on the world stage.

  • Romero sisters

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Romero sisters - Sydney and Sierra - have the rare opportunity to play against each other on a national stage Wednesday night in the World Cup of Softball. Sydney, an incoming freshman at OU, will represent the U.S. junior women's national team, while Sierra, a rising senior at Michigan, will play for the U.S. women's national team in the competition. The two teams will face off on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Irvine, Calif. Sydney, 18, had a chance to follow in her sister's footsteps at Michigan, but chose to commit to the Sooners after an official visit to Norman. She was on hand in Oklahoma City with her family this summer for the Women's College World Series, as Sierra and Michigan made it to the Championship Series

  • Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold

    By TIM FOUGHT The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OREGON | PORTLAND — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household. The legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1 makes the state the fourth to do so, following Colorado, Washington state and Alaska. The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., also allows possession of personal amounts, though not sales. Here’s a look at Oregon’s law and the legal pot movement: What changes July 1? Not much, actually. In populous parts of the state that have long been tolerant of marijuana, police don’t generally bust people using it in private. Most important, though, is that under the new law it’s still illegal to sell recreational

  • U.S. Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them. The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new clinic regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics’ appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall. The court’s decision to block the regulations is a strong indication that the justices will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court

  • 5 Royals starting in All-Star update

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NEW YORK — Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead. Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million votes had been cast. The starters will be announced Sunday, with the pitchers, reserves and candidates for the final spot to be presented Monday. The game is July 14 in Cincinnati. Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Omar Infante hold leads.

  • Arkansas man dies in motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    EAGLETOWN — An Arkansas man died Monday in a motorcycle crash, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. About 5:50 p.m., Michael David Culp, 33, of De Queen, Ark., was driving east on U.S. 70, in McCurtain County, when his bike left the road and rolled, according to a patrol report. Culp died at the scene, troopers said.

  • What we're talking about

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    TV-NBC-TRUMP: NBC says it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. VACCINES-CALIFORNIA: California lawmakers send the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. FRANCE-UBER: French authorities detain two senior Uber managers for questioning over “illicit activity” involving its low-cost ride-hailing service. RAILROAD CROSSINGS-GOOGLE: U.S. railroad regulators ask digital map makers to add audio, visual alerts for track crossings.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    I must admit to being somewhat of a numbers nerd. I think numbers always tell a story whether they be a company’s financial statement or a state budget. I also believe in the old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  When I read the headlines, press releases and news stories related to Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year, I could not help wondering what “story” this latest budget told about our state and its priorities.   Public safety received a 4.81 percent increase in state appropriations. Corrections received an additional 2.97 percent, and the state’s Medicaid program received a 1.89 percent increase.   Meanwhile, investment in innovation and the economy of the

  • Oklahoma Scene

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Mickelson tied to money laundering case Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines. Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour's wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. But a 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson.

  • How to help

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Shannon Primeau’s relatives have created the Shannon Primeau Memorial Scholarship for dancers at Everything Goes Dance Studio. For more information, please e-mail Erika Reyes at erikareyes4@yahoo.com or call Everything Goes Dance Studio at 525-1000. Shannon Primeau had a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer called dedifferentiated endometrial carcinoma. There is little information, research or data on the best way to treat these cancers. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer awards research grants for gynecologic cancers, including uterine cancer. For more information, go online to www.foundation forwomenscancer.org.  How to donate To make a donation, go to

  • Executions can resume

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday approved a sedative used by Oklahoma for lethal injections, rejecting arguments that it could lead to an unconstitutional level of pain. The 5-4 decision means Oklahoma could resume executions soon. The state delayed the executions of Richard Eugene Glossip,         John Marion Grant and Benjamin Robert Cole while the Supreme Court reviewed a challenge filed by those inmates and others to midazolam, the sedative in the three-drug protocol. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, whose office defended the use of midazolam before the Supreme Court, moved quickly on Monday to secure new execution dates, beginning in August, for the three death

  • ‘We can move forward from here,’ murder victim's widow says

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Three executions postponed earlier this year will move forward now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed Oklahoma's execution method, state officials confirmed Monday. In a Monday filing with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Attorney General Scott Pruitt suggested the executions of Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant and Benjamin Robert Cole resume in August and continue through October. All three men saw their executions delayed while the court reviewed the use of midazolam, a sedative and the first of three drugs in the state’s lethal cocktail. The Supreme Court took up the case after a group of death row inmates challenged the use of the drug in the wake of the problematic execution of Clayton

  • Wimbledon Roundup

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Serena advances, warned for language Serena Williams was far from dominant at the start, but more than good enough at the end. The top-seeded American opened her quest for a true Grand Slam with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Margarita Gasparyan of Russia on Monday in the first round of Wimbledon. Williams has won three straight major titles, including the Australian Open and French Open. If she wins the title at the All England Club and then defends her title at the U.S. Open, she would be the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same season. In the sixth game of her first-round match Williams slid on the grass and fell during a point.

  • What they said

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    “The Constitution is clearly not intended to prohibit the death penalty by lethal injection or the use of the sedative midazolam. I appreciate the Court’s ruling, which upholds the letter and the spirit of the law as it is written. My thanks go out to Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and their legal team for aggressively and successfully representing the state on this issue.” — Gov. Mary Fallin "Even as we seek justice for these grave wrongs and render compassion for those who have endured great loss, our faith impels us to call for the building up of a culture of life where every human life is valued. The use of the death penalty, in any form, diminishes us all.

  • Q&A with Teah Corley

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Many employers in Oklahoma  not ready for 'Cadillac Tax' Q: What exactly is the “Cadillac Tax” and how does it work? A: The Cadillac Tax is a permanent, nontax deductible, annual excise tax that’s set to begin in 2018 for employers that provide high-cost benefits through an employer-sponsored group health plan. Its purpose is to generate nearly $80 billion over the next 10 years to help fund the expansion of health care reform. The tax is 40 percent of the cost of plans that exceed predetermined threshold amounts. Costs that accumulate toward the threshold include the total premiums paid by both employees and employers, excluding cost-sharing amounts such as deductibles and copays when care is received.




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