By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Draymond Green isn't the first. The Thunder has hit and been hit below the belt in recent seasons. Here are five examples and the result of each play: SERGE IBAKA VS. BLAKE GRIFFIN, Rd. 1 March 3, 2013: With less than two minutes left in the Thunder-Clippers regular season matchup in Los Angeles, Ibaka and Griffin jostled for position in the paint during a Matt Barnes 3-point attempt. Griffin boxed out Ibaka and the Thunder forward swung down on Griffin from behind with his right fist, striking the former OU standout in the groin. Result: Ibaka wasn't called for a foul, but was fined $25,000 without a suspension. IBAKA VS. GRIFFIN, Rd.

  • OU tennis:

    By Kendrick Marshall, Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    TULSA — Oklahoma's John Roddick said the building tension in a third set with everything at stake can take years off the life of a tennis coach. The intensity increases even more when that final set determines a trip to the finals of the NCAA Tennis Championships. That was the position No. 11 Oklahoma (20-10) was in late Monday night against No. 7 Georgia (24-5). Just 24 hours earlier, OU got past UCLA in a three-set singles match thanks to freshman Andre Biro to reach the Final Four. Facing an almost identical scenario at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in front of a partisan OU crowd, Alex Ghilea — mimicking Biro — clinched the Sooners' third consecutive NCAA finals appearance with a 4-3 win over the


    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Lineup Pos. Player Class School Avg. HR RBI C Michael Tinsley Jr. Kansas .377 2 42 * A Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, Tinsley led the Big 12 in batting. 1B Eric Gutierrez Sr. Texas Tech .347 12 51 * A consistent thumper in the Red Raiders lineup, led the league in RBIs and runs. 2B J.R. Davis Jr. OSU .347 1 26 * Transfer earned his way into the lineup and became a reliable leadoff man for the Cowboys. 3B Elliott Barzilli Jr. TCU .372 7 39 * Hit with pop and provided some speed, with three triples and 10 stolen bases. SS Sheldon Neuse Jr. OU .376 10 46 * Dominated Big 12 statistical categories, including first in slugging, total bases and triples. OF Stephen

  • Norman city councilman ordered to trial

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    NORMAN — Accused of profiting from illegal drug activity at the smoking accessories shop he once managed near the University of Oklahoma campus, Norman City Councilman Stephen Holman was ordered to stand trial after a judge Monday was unmoved by the defense mounted by the elected official's attorneys during a lengthy preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Holman, who has said he believes the case against him is “politically motivated,” seemed calm and confident after the ruling of Special Judge Michael Tupper, himself a former prosecutor. “I'm not real surprised,” Holman said outside the courtroom Monday afternoon. “Our attorneys prepared us for this — that it would most likely

  • House OKs bill targeting end-of-instruction tests

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A bill to abolish end-of-instruction tests, which are currently required for Oklahoma high school graduation, was overwhelmingly approved Monday by the state House of Representatives. State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister praised the 95-1 House vote, calling it a "momentous step" to help improve education in Oklahoma. "This is important because it shifts the focus off of testing and places it back where it belongs on learning and instruction time,” Hofmeister said. House Bill 3218 still must be approved by the state Senate and signed by the governor before it could become law. Hofmeister said she believes it has strong support in both places.

  • Accountants add to the fun at The Peake

    Accountants add to the fun at The Peake

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Walk into the brown-brick, cookie-cutter, office-park building after hours nowadays, and you aren't likely to find anyone in their offices. But they won't have gone home. Instead of working, they'll be gathered around a massive wooden conference table, brainstorming and planning and strategizing. The topic? The theme and corresponding eye-catching and often off-the-wall costumes for the next Thunder playoff game. Already this postseason, the group that sits near the northeast tunnel at The Peake has worn everything from silk boxing robes and gloves to "Wizard of Oz" costumes. Welcome to Crawford & Associates, specialists in governmental accounting.

  • Beer, wine bill passes Senate

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A measure to give voters a chance to permit the sale of wine and strong beer in supermarkets and convenience stores was approved Monday by the Oklahoma Senate and sent to the House for final passage. Senate Joint Resolution 68, which was passed without debate, would also allow liquor stores to refrigerate beer and would allow these stores to sell some nonalcohol items. Companion legislation for implementing specifics of the proposal is pending. Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, who has been working on the issue for more than a year, said she was ecstatic that the bill passed, and hoped it would be taken up quickly in the House. The legislative session ends Friday.

  • Dodgers: OKC blows big lead, loses in ninth at Fresno

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Former Oklahoma City RedHawk Jon Singleton hits two home runs for Fresno.

  • Teenager from FC Dallas is mastering his craft in OKC

    By Chris Brannick Staff Writer cbrannick@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC forward Coy Craft said as the years pass, birthdays lose some of their flavor. Craft is 19-years-old. He celebrated his birthday Monday preparing to lead the Energy into a midweek match against Real Monarchs SLC at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Taft Stadium. Craft is on loan from the Energy's Major League Soccer affiliate FC Dallas. The young forward has played in six matches this season for the Energy, and he wasted no time making his presence felt. In his first match, the Energy's May 9 game against Saint Louis FC, Craft fired a laser shot with his left foot to equalize the match in the 59th minute and helped the Energy come away with the point. Craft hasn't slowed down. But mastering his craft is

  • State House defeats measure to help courts

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday voted down a bill that would have authorized court clerks to assess a 15 percent administrative fee on all court fees that benefit agencies other than courts so that the money could be used to bolster court operations. House Bill 3220 failed by a vote of 44-48, but could be brought up for reconsideration during the next three days. State Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, told House members the change was necessary to keep the courts operating and meet the requirements of the Constitution as the state attempts to work through a budget shortfall. The 15 percent would be taken from about $56 million collected from 52 fees collected by the courts for various agencies, he

  • Raptors even series behind star guards Lowry, DeRozan

    Raptors even series behind star guards Lowry,...

    By IAN HARRISON Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    TORONTO — A series that once looked lopsided is now even. Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night. DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason and got back on level terms after big losses in Games 1 and 2. “We've been counted out, and we like that challenge,” DeRozan said. The next challenge for Toronto? Game 5 on Wednesday night in Cleveland, where the Raptors are 0-3 this season, losing by a combined 72 points.

  • Green’s flagrant foul upgraded, but Warriors forward will play in Game 4 against Thunder

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Game 4 of the Western Conference finals will go on with Draymond Green. On Monday, the Golden State Warriors forward was fined $25,000 and his Flagrant “1” foul on Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was upgraded to a Flagrant “2”. The ruling puts Green dangerously close to missing a postseason game, but keeps him eligible for Tuesday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Rangers' Hamilton will miss all season with another knee surgery

    Rangers\' Hamilton will miss all season with...

    From wire reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Rangers' Hamilton out for season Josh Hamilton will miss the entire season after more surgery on his left knee. The Rangers said Monday that Hamilton, who has been on the disabled list all season, will have surgery June 8 in Houston. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP and a five-time All-Star, had surgery twice on the knee last year. The first was in September, and then he had another operation after the season after returning for the end of the regular season and for the playoffs. He had soreness caused by an inflamed capsule behind his left knee after getting to spring training. Hamilton, who turned 35 on Saturday, is signed through next season.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Tuesday, May 24

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    TUESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Fresno KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11 a.m. Tampa Bay at Miami MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis ESPN (Cox 29)/Cox 703/KREF-AM 1400/ 98.5 FM 7 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 77 9 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m. Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 8 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City TNT (Cox 31)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay NBCSN (Cox 251) WNBA 10 a.m. Atlanta at New York NBATV (Cox 256) 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE

  • You can thank fracking for drop in U.S. carbon emission levels

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    PRESIDENT Obama announced in November 2014 what was supposed to be an “ambitious” new climate agreement with China. The Chinese obligation was derisory: The world's most populous nation would try to slow the growth of its carbon emissions so that they stopped growing altogether by 2030. Obama announced that America, meanwhile, would reduce its carbon emissions to at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. If you're wondering what sort of a sacrifice this is going to mean for you, we have some good news. By the time the ink had dried on the sham climate deal, the U.S. was already halfway to fulfilling its end of the bargain.

  • Oklahoma County public records for May 24

    Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma County public records for May 24, 2016

  • Good sleep habits eliminate need for magnesium supplements

    By Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D. For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Magnesium is important for many biological functions, including nerve and muscle function. It may have a role as a preventive treatment for migraine headaches. But there is not strong scientific evidence for its use with insomnia, writes Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff.

  • Trump's high court list offers encouraging sign

    Trump\'s high court list offers encouraging sign

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    BECAUSE of Donald Trump's inconsistent stances on several major issues, it's believed a substantial number of conservative voters may sit this election out, viewing Trump as only marginally better than Hillary Clinton. Trump's release of a list of potential nominees to replace recently deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may give those conservatives cause to reconsider. The 11 potential U.S. Supreme Court candidates Trump provided last week included six federal appeals court judges appointed by former President George W. Bush and five state Supreme Court justices. The response from serious conservatives was overwhelmingly positive.

  • Toy duck race raises funds for Children’s Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma

    Toy duck race raises funds for Children’s...

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma Kiwanis Clubs are sponsoring an event featuring a toy duck race on Wednesday at White Water Bay, 3908 W Reno, in Oklahoma City.

  • Strange but true

    By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D. For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Marijuana is one of humanity’s oldest crops, according to the Sones Brothers in their Strange But True column.