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  • OKC Barons clinch playoff berth, beat Iowa in overtime

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Before the overtime period began Friday night, Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson informed the players on the bench they had clinched a playoff berth. In a dramatic turn of events, the Barons rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Iowa Wild in front of 4,344 fans at the Cox Convention Center. The other two teams fighting the Barons for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed both lost about the same time Oklahoma City forced overtime. “The run we got on late in the season was very dramatic,” Nelson said. “We’ve scored late goals to get games to overtime or score a game-winner late. They could make a movie about this late-season run because it was pretty incredible.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC goalkeeper Jon Kempin called up to U-21 US Men's National Team

    Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The US Men’s National team announced on Friday 21 players who have been called into camp for the Under-21 team.

  • Anton Lander named OKC Barons' MVP

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During pregame ceremonies on Friday night, general manager Bill Scott announced the Barons’ annual fan appreciation awards: 2013-14 team MVP—Anton Lander; Rookie of the Year—Andrew Miller; Offensive Player of the Year—Lander; Defensive Player of the Year—Brad Hunt; Fan favorite—C.J. Stretch. “It’s an honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches, so a big thanks to all of them,” Lander said. “I’m very happy and very proud of this team that we kept fighting to get into the playoffs.” PLAYOFF SCHEDULE The Barons, the No. 8 seed in the AHL’s Western Conference, will host the top-seeded Texas Stars in Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 26, an 8

  • NBA playoffs: The what-if bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Lots of NBA observers are calling for playoff reform, after the 48-win Suns failed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and the 37-win Hawks made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They want the top 16 teams, record-wise, regardless of conference, to make the post-season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins ready to meet Memphis again

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Thunder big man knows his role involves physical play in the paint against Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

  • Tuttle board accepts football coach Philip Koons' resignation

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Updated: 23 hr ago

    About 50 people crowded into the Tuttle administration building, many of them in support of Philip Koons, who won 205 games and two state championships in 21 years at Tuttle.

  • NBA Playoffs: How Serge Ibaka spent his offseason getting ready for the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Marc Gasol definitely got the better of that matchup during the playoffs last season. While he and Randolph switched off defensively on Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, the Memphis bigs often helped each other and doubled up when Ibaka had the ball.

  • NBA Playoffs: Postseason features diverse group of athletes

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A look at the international players in the playoffs.

  • NBA Playoffs: Serge Ibaka could be one of the Spain national team's big men of the future

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    After the Olympic Games, Serge Ibaka expressed frustration about his role on the team. But if he wants more playing time, that might well take care of itself by the next Olympics. Pau Gasol is 33 and has battled injury in recent years. Many believe he will retire before the 2016 Games.

  • Edmond North's bats come around in rout of Deer Creek

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    EDMOND — Thursday was a good sign for Edmond North. Friday was an even better sign.

  • Welcome to the NBA playoffs, where familiarity breeds contempt

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder and Grizzlies open their playoff series on Saturday night. By the series’ end, they’re bound to despise each other.

  • NBA Playoffs: Why Kevin Durant and the Thunder are better prepared for Memphis' defensive pressure

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During last year’s season series, Kevin Durant and the Thunder got their first taste of life without Westbrook. And with only one established perimeter threat, Memphis was able to sic Tony Allen on Durant and ratchet up the stress level behind him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes suspended 20 games

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    His suspension starts immediately, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports, which will make him ineligible to participate in the first-round series with the Thunder.

  • NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis' Mike Miller reprise his role as Thunder killer?

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    In one of the most unlikely performances in NBA Finals history, Mike Miller shot the Thunder’s lights out, scoring 23 points and making seven of his eight 3s during a Game 5 blowout that sealed the Heat’s 2012 NBA Championship.

  • Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Memphis coach Dave Joerger thinks Loud City is too loud

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Dave Joerger turned toward the scorer’s table and asked nicely for the music to be turned down. The next time he asked wasn’t so nice. The first time Memphis came to town to play the Thunder this season, the first-year head coach thought the in-arena music was too loud and he let game operations staffers know it. There was a bit of begging. There was a smidgen of colorful verbiage. The man from the House of Blues thinks the music in Loud City is too loud. Oh, the irony. But when the Grizzlies returned to town for another regular season game, Joerger didn’t backtrack on his belief that they need to take it down a notch or six.

  • NBA Playoffs: Inside the matchups in the Thunder-Grizzlies series


    Darnell Mayberry breaks down the matchups in the first-round playoff series.

  • Oklahoma women's gymnastics: Sooners advance to Super Six

    By Charlie Potter, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Oklahoma finished ahead of Georgia and LSU, which received team scores of 197.3 and 197.1, respectively.

  • Tuning in: Saturday, April 19

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    SATURDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon, L.A. Angels at Detroit, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, St. Louis at Washington, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 3 7 p.m., Chi. White Sox at Texas, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/WGN (Cox 2)/KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, FS1 (Cox 67) NBA 11:30 a.m., Brooklyn at Toronto, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:30 p.m., Golden State at L.A. Clippers, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Atlanta at Indiana, ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m., Memphis at Oklahoma City, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Chicago at St. Louis, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 6 p.m., Columbus at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Skip Bayless says OKC can't beat Spurs; other NBA playoff predictions

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Skip Bayless doesn’t care what you think. He thinks the Thunder is going down.

  • NBA commissioner wants to raise age limit to 20

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear pushing back the league's age limit to 20 is at the top of his priority list. The league's owners hosted NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss the issue as part of their annual two-day spring meeting this week. There's momentum growing to force the issue through soon, possibly in time for the 2016 draft. At the same meetings Friday, league owners approved the sale of a minority share of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser.