• Thunder Buddies Podcast: What are your early training camp impressions?

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 03:05 PM

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 09/30 (

  • VOTE: Week 5 Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    The midpoint of the high school season has been reached, and this week’s performances around the Oklahoma City area featured some dominating outbursts and some clutch performances. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's print editions.

  • Tramel: Offensive aggression pays off for Sooners in 44-24 win over West Virginia

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 07:38 PM

    NORMAN — Durron Neal saw the signal from Baker Mayfield and knew the Mountaineers would be ready to pounce.

  • Mason Rudolph sets career marks, lifts No. 20 Cowboys past Kansas State, 36-34

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 07:36 PM

    STILLWATER — Ben Grogan made a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining to lift No. 20 Oklahoma State past Kansas State, 36-34 on Saturday.

  • Sooners' defense delivers in 44-24 win over West Virginia

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 03:20 PM

    NORMAN — Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 44-24 Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

  • Is there room for even more improvement in Russell Westbrook's game?

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 05:18 PM

    Considering how much last season was described as Russell Westbrook's coming-out party, the after-party this preseason has been relatively quiet.

  • High school football: Mid-season look at best turnaround, biggest surprise

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 03:45 PM

    With the completion of Week 5 on Friday night, it's time to analyze what we've seen through the first half of the high school football season.

  • Pitching woes strike Mariners in 7-5 loss in 13 innings

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — With one on and one out in the 13th inning, J.C. Ramirez wasn't expecting Marcus Semien to swing for the fences. The Seattle reliever fell behind in the count 3-1 and wanted to make sure he didn't put another man on base with a walk. Instead, Semien sent the pitch into the seats to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 7-5 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night. "Honestly, I was thinking he was going to take it or maybe try to bunt it," Ramirez said. "I just threw a fastball right down the middle and he got a good swing on me." Seattle's pitchers had trouble in big spots throughout the night. Starter Roenis Elias didn't make it out of the third inning, and Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save opportunity in the ni

  • Jin Cheng wins weather-shortened Asia-Pacific Amateur

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. Jin, who led by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 to edge Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and his countryman Ryan Ruffels by one stroke. His win, which assures him a spot in next year's Masters, was set up by a tournament record 8-under 62 on Thursday. A clutch final-hole birdie on Saturday secured victory for the 17-year-old. Jin, who plans to play in the Macau Open later this month, was thrilled with the result and the p

  • Semien's 13th-inning HR lifts Athletics to 7-5 win

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Marcus Semien made history Saturday when he committed his 35th error of the season, setting an Oakland Athletics team record. He finished his night on a much better note, hitting a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Athletics to a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. "That's kind of the story of his season," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "A guy that perseveres through a lot and doesn't let the negative things get him down, and then ends up hitting a huge home run." Semien's 15th home run gave the Athletics their first three-game winning streak in more than a month. "That's what we've been trying to do all year, unfortunately it just hasn't worked out that way," Semien said.

  • John Wes Townley wins NASCAR Truck race at Las Vegas

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an event marred by Austin Theriault's head-on crash into a wall. Townley won for the first time in the series, getting his Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet home on limited fuel after the other contenders ran out of gas or pitted to keep from running dry. Theriault, driving Brad Keselowski Racing's Ford, made contact with teammate Tyler Reddick's truck on Lap 14 and hit the wall on a part of the track not protected by a SAFER barrier. Theriault was helped from the truck and briefly stood before sitting down. He left in an ambulance and was airlifted to University Hospital for observation.

  • Diamondbacks can't find much offense, lose again to Astros

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros are making it a rough final weekend of the season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Astros made it two straight over Arizona with a 6-2 victory Saturday night. It was nowhere near as bad as Friday night's 21-5 debacle, but it was still a loss. "We had a few chances but not many," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said, "and every time it seems like we did something, they come back and have a long inning and keep us out there in defense." Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, Colby Rasmus homered twice and Houston clinched at least a tie for the American League's second wild card. The Astros remained in contention for the AL West title as well as the league's first wild card.

  • Padres drop 5th in a row with 2-1 loss to Dodgers

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With nothing left to play for this season, the San Diego Padres are looking ahead. Robbie Erlin hopes he left them with a good impression despite losing 2-1 to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. Erlin (1-2) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings while auditioning for a spot in next year's rotation. The left-hander struck out four and walked none. Padres manager Pat Murphy was impressed. "It was a quality start, that's for sure," Murphy said. "He competed head-to-head with a Cy Young winner in this environment, a playoff atmosphere, and he was sensational. He didn't have his best stuff, but he still competed.

  • Legal Counsel: Cecil the lion, hunter could move Endangered Species Act change

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Tim Sowecke: Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA)’s purpose is “to provide a means whereby the ecosystem upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, [and] provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species.”

  • Outdoor notebook: Hunters share state black bear record

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma has a new black bear state record and it is shared by two hunters. Michael Musgrove of Wilburton and Ken Baker of Hulbert both had bears with scores of 20 1/16. Black bear skulls must score 19 or greater to be eligible for a Cy Curtis award with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Both bears were taken in Latimer County during archery seasons: Musgrove's in 2013 and Baker's in 2014. The Wildlife Department just last year made black bear, elk and antelope eligible for its Cy Curtis Awards program, which has been recognizing trophy deer taken in Oklahoma since 1972.

  • Paying to play

    By Cliff Schleusner For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    For outdoorsmen and women in Oklahoma, early autumn may be the greatest time of the year. Dove season is well underway. You can hunt pronghorn on the prairie and still catch largemouth bass from the bow of a boat in weather warm enough to keep the fish active and on the bite. And before you know it, you'll be moving to the tree stand for white-tailed deer as winter comes on. All of these pursuits have something in common, aside from the obvious. As a hunter and angler and boater you are paying for conservation. Next time you gas up your boat, buy a spool of 10-pound test monofilament fishing line, or a box of bird load for your 12-gauge pump, keep this in mind: a portion of what you pull out of your wallet is

  • Big blue caught at Canton is new lake record

    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Remember the scene in Jaws where the shark is being harpooned with barrels attached and the great white keeps taking the barrels underwater before they pop to surface? Well, that's kind of the way Gordon Campbell of Seiling describes trying to boat a 65-pound blue catfish out of Canton Lake on a jug line Monday. "It just kept pulling the jug under and taking off, pulling it under and taking off," Campbell said. "It was just like the movie Jaws." After about 10 to 15 minutes, the big blue finally was tired enough that Campbell and his son, Toby, were able to get the fish to the surface. It turned out to be the new Canton Lake record. "I got to admit that when we got him in the net it was a hell of a rush," Campbell

  • McHugh, Rasmus help Astros beat Diamondbacks 6-2

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros are finishing fast and will be playing somewhere next week. Just where and against whom is yet to be determined. Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, Colby Rasmus homered twice and the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night to clinch at least a tie for the second American League wild card. The Astros remained in contention for the AL West title as well as the league's first wild card. "All these games the last week have felt like playoff games for us," McHugh said. McHugh (19-7), pitching a night after teammate Dallas Keuchel won his 20th game, allowed a run and six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-0 in his last seven starts. "He did what he alwa

  • Foligno, Saad each score twice, Blue Jackets beat Predators

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad scored twice to help the Columbus Blue Jackets rout the visiting Nashville Predators 7-1 on Saturday night in their preseason finale. Rene Bourque, Jared Boll and Brandon Dubinsky also scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves. Cody Hodgson scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne allowed all seven goals before being replaced Carter Hutton with 5:50 left in the third period. Rinne made 26 saves, and Hutton stopped one shot. ___ RED WINGS EDGE MAPLE LEAFS At Toronto, Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves to help Detroit finish 6-0-2 in the preseason.

  • Greinke, Dodgers top Padres 2-1 to clinch home field in NLDS

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke places no emphasis on individual statistics and is loath to consider his potential place among baseball's greatest pitchers. He leaves that to others. But the right-hander sure has given everyone a lot to think about this season. Greinke earned the NL ERA title, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Saturday night and clinch home-field advantage for their upcoming playoff series against the Mets. "A lot of things are up in the air when you don't know," manager Don Mattingly said. "This solidifies some of the things." Greinke (19-3) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings to conclude the regular season with a 1.66 ERA, beating out Cubs ace Jake Arriet

  • Cabrera virtually locks up batting title, Tigers lose 4-3

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Cabrera virtually locked up the batting title with his best hitting performance in five weeks. Cabrera ended the longest homerless drought of his career and finished with three hits as the Detroit Tigers lost 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. Leury Garcia singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled to tie the game in the inning. It has been an up-and-down season for Cabrera. He entered Saturday batting .218 over a 29-game stretch, causing his average to drop 36 points from .370. He broke out of the slump with his first three-hit game since Aug. 25, and ended his homerless drought at 104 at-bats.

  • White Sox beat Tigers 4-3 to avoid last place

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox will conclude their losing season with one minor accomplishment. They will avoid last place in the AL Central. And they were able to celebrate when Leury Garcia singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night to finish fourth in the division. Pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled to tie the game in the ninth. After Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Garcia singled to left center. "I'm not playing too much, but I've been working hard and working for the moment," Garcia said. "I'm enjoying the moment." Garcia, a utility player who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth, is 3 for 14 this season.

  • Reds beat Pirates 3-1 to end skid; Price to return in 2016

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had a rare good day Saturday. First, general manager Walt Jocketty announced that Price will return for a third season as Reds manager in 2016. Then, Cincinnati won its first game in two weeks, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 to end a 13-game losing streak, the club's longest in 70 years. Price has overseen consecutive losing seasons for the Reds after they won 94 games in 2013 under Dusty Baker, who was fired after Cincinnati lost in the NL wild-card game to the Pirates. "I want to be here to see this through," Price said. "I don't want to be the guy that comes in and has two seasons where we're a bottom-of-the-division team and move on to doing something

  • Mets swept by Scherzer, Nats, lose home-field edge in NLDS

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A couple hours after getting no-hit by Max Scherzer, the New York Mets wound up on the wrong side again: They'll start the NL Division Series at Dodger Stadium, rather than Citi Field. NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is lined up to pitch the opener, possible in late-afternoon shadows. The Mets lost their chance Saturday at home-field advantage in the upcoming best-of-five matchup by dropping their fifth game in a row. Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey each threw well, but the Washington Nationals swept a day-night doubleheader — after Bryce Harper's homer won the opener 3-1, Scherzer threw his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 victory. Waiting for the Mets on the West Coast will be LA a

  • Reds spoil Burnett's finale, beat Bucs to stop 13-game skid

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett tipped his cap and bowed his head. First to the crowd that embraced him since the day he arrived four seasons ago. Then to the Cincinnati Reds, who had gathered on the top step of the dugout to salute the 17-year veteran who helped revitalize the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 430th and final regular-season start of Burnett's career didn't end in glory. The Reds jumped on him early and held on for a 3-1 win Saturday night that stopped their 13-game losing streak and prevented the Pirates from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game. Pittsburgh still needs a victory Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday night.

  • LEADING OFF: AL playoff positioning down to last day

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Sunday: ___ GO WEST After a rousing comeback win against Texas, the Angels send Garrett Richards to the mound on three days' rest with a chance to force a tiebreaker for the second AL wild card. Cole Hamels starts for Texas — the Rangers have won each of Hamels' last nine starts. Should Los Angeles win it would also need the Astros to lose at Arizona to force a tiebreaker Monday. HOME, AT LAST Pittsburgh still needs a win or a Chicago Cubs loss to secure home-field advantage Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game. If the Cubs beat Milwaukee — and the Pirates lose to Cincinnati — the one-game playoff would be held at Wrigley Field. J.A. Happ starts t

  • Phils lock up last place, first pick in doubleheader sweep

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies locked themselves into the basement for a second straight season on Saturday. The Phillies were swept in a doubleheader by the Miami Marlins, ensuring themselves last place in the NL East with a 7-6 loss in the opener, then falling 5-2 in the nightcap while clinching the first pick in the 2016 draft. Philadelphia was assured the worst record in baseball this season — and the accompanying draft pick — as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night. The Phillies need to win Sunday's regular-season finale to avoid losing 100 games in a season for the 15th time in club history. Philadelphia last lost 100 in a season in 1961.