• Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Irish reach fifth-straight Final Four

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame has reached seven Final Fours, all coming under coach Muffett McGraw, but only won the national championship once, in 2001.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder uses record comeback to defeat Phoenix

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Oklahoma City came back from a 20-point first half deficit to knock off Phoenix, 109-97, and effectively end the Suns’ hopes to make the playoffs. It was the largest comeback in the Thunder history. And it came in the right place, at the right time.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Notre Dame knocks off Baylor 77-68 in the Oklahoma City regional final

    By Kyle Fredrickson
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen scored a team-high 23 points to send the Irish to its fifth-straight Final Four

  • Poor attendance does not help OKC's chances for a Women's Final Four

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The crowds were so thin this weekend at The Peake that you have to wonder if the NCAA will think long and hard about awarding Oklahoma City more basketball regionals any time soon.

  • South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth with win over FSU

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley climbed the ladder, snipped the final strand of net and raised it as thousands of garnet-clad fans cheered. Taking in the scene, she mouthed one word: “Unbelievable.” Believe it. Staley and the Gamecocks are headed to their first Final Four. Tiffany Mitchell scored seven of her 21 points in the final 2 minutes, and South Carolina beat Florida State 80-74 on Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final. “It put South Carolina on the map,” Staley said.

  • Oklahoma City Women's Basketball Regional: Three questions with Lindsay Allen

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Notre Dame point guard Lindsay Allen was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Oklahoma City regional. She scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting Friday night in a semifinal win over Stanford, then scored 23 on 10-of-16 shooting Sunday night in the finals win over Baylor. Against the Bears, she added seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and no turnovers. Have you ever played two better games back to back in your career? “Not that I remember, no. This weekend was just a really great weekend. Our posts set really good screens for us in both games, and the guards got really great free-throw line jumpers in both games. So, this was a really good

  • Barnes wanted to stay, originally told he would

    AP Sports Writer |
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired. “The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter,” Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. “We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives.” But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the first round of the NCAA

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Dion Waiters might require MRI on sore left foot

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Waiters has been experiencing discomfort since March 24, he said, when his foot contorted awkwardly against the Los Angeles Lakers. The soreness limited him to 24 minutes Saturday at Utah, with only five coming in the second half and none in the fourth quarter.

  • Voter ID keeps winning in court

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    THE U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, which means citizens will have to show identification before voting in future elections in that state. At some point, you'd think voter ID opponents would take the hint and accept defeat, but we're not holding our breath. The court's inaction is in line with its 2008 ruling that upheld an Indiana law requiring voters to show identification before voting. Today, 30 states including Oklahoma have similar laws. The Wisconsin law allows up to eight forms of identification, including in-state driver's licenses, state-issued photo IDs for nondrivers, military IDs and some student

  • Middle class shrinkage seen across the demographic map

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    MAPPING political trends these days generally means dividing the states into red or blue — Republican or Democrat. In one new demographic map, though, the states are marked with variations of a single color. Call it 50 shades of blue. The map shows the shrinkage of the middle class, all in blue hues. The darker the blue, the greater the percentage point decline in the number of middle class citizens. Significantly, not one state registered middle class growth between 2000 and 2013. By this measure, the middle class is in freefall, from the ultramarine blue Atlantic to the Catalina blue Pacific. The White House has seen the map.

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: hero of our time

    By Rich Lowry | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be the perfect feminist hero. In theory, she fits the role on multiple levels: She's an escapee from an abusive patriarchy. She's an African immigrant who made her own way in a Western country, the Netherlands. She's a fierce advocate for women's rights. She's a target for deadly violence by angry men who want to shut her up. She left her religion and became a scourge of its repressive practices. Except for the blemish on her record: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a dissident from the wrong religion. Raised a Muslim in Somalia, subjected to genital mutilation and married off to a distant cousin, she is famously a critic of Islam.

  • Crossroads Hospice president: Say thank you on Doctor's Day

    BY PERRY FARMER | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    PBS’s recent documentary “Being Mortal” opens the window into the often excruciating choices that Oklahoma’s doctors need to make. Tell a 34-year-old mother with Stage 4 lung cancer to forgo chemotherapy so she can hold her newborn? In his best-selling book of the same name, Dr. Atul Gawande bravely admits that he would have talked differently with this patient and many others. But, he says, for doctors, conceding that a patient might be better off stopping curative treatment is declaring defeat. It’s no wonder. Doctors are trained to keep people alive. But Gawande is helping change the conversation about death and dying in America. It’s not just about mortality. It’s not just about living longer. It’s about

  • Authorities find two dead three days after NYC blast

    Associated Press |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NEW YORK New York — Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for since the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and altogether leveled three buildings and damaged a fourth. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men since Thursday's explosion, in which 22 people were injured, including four critically. Officials suspect someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

  • Man pleads guilty in Oklahoma City to murder in ex-girlfriend's death

    By Matt Dinger
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Brandon Lee Freeman, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Oklahoma County District Court. He agreed to spend 35 years in prison after fatally shooting his former girlfriend at an Oklahoma City park, court records show.

  • Savvy Senior: New tests make screening for colon cancer easier

    By Jim Miller
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Savvy Senior: Two different types of tests on the market today let you test for colon cancer in the privacy of your own home.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 41,000 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.

  • Canadian County, Oklahoma, deputies seize 31 pounds of marijuana from RV

    By Jonathan Sutton
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Canadian County deputies Friday seized 31 pounds of marijuana from a woman driving an RV on Interstate 40.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools reorganizes, drops four administrative positions

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Four key leadership positions, including three that are currently filled, will be eliminated under plan set to take effect July 1, Oklahoma City Public Schools officials confirmed Sunday.

  • Arab League unveils joint military force plans

    Associated Press |
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    EGYPT Sharm el-Sheikh — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. Arab leaders taking turns to address the gathering spoke repeatedly of the threat posed to the region's Arab identity by what they called moves by “foreign” or “outside parties” to stoke sectarian, ethnic or religious rivalries in Arab states — all thinly-veiled references to Iran, which has in recent years consolidated its hold in

  • Wire briefs

    | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Law enforcement MASSACHUSETTS Boston — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was upgraded from critical condition after he was shot Friday night. After the shooting, doctors put him in a medically induced coma so they could monitor him for bleeding in his brain. Police Commissioner William Evans said Moynihan is expected to be moved from intensive care within days and make a full recovery.